The league office announced Monday that Daryl Morey, the president of the Philadelphia 76ers basketball business, had been fined $50,000 for violating the NBA’s anti-tampering policy.
The fine was in response to a December 20 tweet about Houston Rockets superstar James Harden. The tweet that was deleted a few minutes later celebrated Harden’s first anniversary of breaking the Rockets’ joining help record.
The source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Morey told League this was an unintentional release from an automated application.
That night, Rockets CEO Tad Brown seemed to respond to Morey’s tweet, tweeting with raised eyebrows and a hand rubbing his chin.
Less than two weeks in the offseason, Morey was hired by the 76ers during the offseason. He resigned as the general manager of the Rockets and served for 13 seasons.
At the end of the offseason, Harden asked the Rockets to trade. According to sources, Harden initially told the team that he wanted to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets, but he has since expanded his list of preferred destinations to include the 76ers and other potential competitors.