ESPN first reported and the NBA has confirmed that Knicks President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson has been fined $25,000 for his comments about Thunder point guard Derek Fisher potentially coming to coach the Knicks. The league essentially views this as tampering since Fisher was still under contract with the Thunder.
The league's 30 teams were notified of the fine by league memo Monday afternoon, the sources said.
Among the reasons the league took this step, sources said, was to reinforce its annual reminders to teams of the league's anti-tampering rules, which prohibit teams from direct or indirect expressions of interest in other teams' impending free agents.
Here's what Jackson said at a press conference Friday:
Jackson said Fisher is "a person that's on my list of guys that could be very good candidates for this job."
The Knicks have significantly ramped down their coaching search efforts after Jackson's preferred choice, Steve Kerr, took the Warriors job.