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Friday, May 21, 2010
If Cuban crossed line, so did Suns' Kerr

By Tim MacMahon

Mark Cuban isn't the only NBA executive to recently make forbidden comments about a certain soon-to-be free agent.

As brought to our attention by a loyal reader, Phoenix Suns general manager answered questions about LeBron James during an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show last week.

"If he'll take mid-level, we'll give it to him," Kerr said when asked whether the Suns could be included in the LeBron sweepstakes.

Kerr elaborated when asked what the mid-level was.

"About 5 1/2 million," he said. "I think he'll take it. Don't you think?"

Kerr clearly had tongue in cheek, but simply answering a question about a potential free agent violates the letter of the NBA's anti-tampering law. The league memo sent out in December 2008 reminded teams of that.

And Kerr offered a serious take when asked where he thinks King James will go.

"I have no idea," Kerr said. "I want him to stay in Cleveland. I think that's good for sports when you've got players you connect to over a long period of time, so I hope he stays."

If the NBA punishes Cuban for publicly acknowledging the Mavs' hopes to woo LeBron, Kerr should at least get a slap on the wrist as well. They're guilty of breaking the same rule, as harmless as their comments might have been.