The Clippers’ not-so subtle pursuit of Kawhi Leonard has gotten them into some trouble.
The NBA fined them $50,000 dollars for tampering violations incurred by Doc Rivers this week. The coach compared Leonard, a free agent to-be, to Michael Jordan, and the league evidently determined that he did so hoping it would help his team’s chances of landing Leonard.
“He is the most like Jordan that we’ve ever seen,” Rivers said. “… Not that he is Jordan or anything like that, but he’s the most like him. Big hands, post game, can finish, great leaper, great defender, in-between game, if you beat him to the spot, he bumps you off and then you add his 3-point shooting.
This comes the same week that the Clippers reportedly looked into buying Leonard’s personal Klaw logo from Nike. That will likely never happen, but serves to illustrate just how desperate the franchise is to sign the game-changing superstar.
If Leonard does leave Toronto for Hollywood, $50,000 is a small price to pay.