Celtics fined for excessive contact with Durant family

Updated: March 20, 2007, 11:15 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics confirmed Sunday that the team had been fined $30,000 by the NBA for excessive contact with the family of University of Texas star freshman and likely lottery draft pick Kevin Durant.

General manager Danny Ainge sat next to Durant's mother during the Big 12 tournament. The league said Ainge violated rules demanding that contact be kept to a minimum between team executives and potential NBA draft picks, until college players officially declare for the draft.

The NBA also fined Charlotte Bobcats part-owner Michael Jordan $15,000 for discussing Durant during an interview last week.

Team coaches and executives are barred from talking about underclassmen who have yet to declare for the NBA draft. But in an interview with The Charlotte Observer last Tuesday, Jordan said he was interested in versatile players and added, "The kid who may present that is the kid in Texas. [He] may have that because he has all the right signs."

SI.com, which first reported both fines, also reported that the Warriors were fined $15,000 each for comments coach Don Nelson made about Durant and Greg Oden in an interview that appeared on their Web site on March 9.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.