Timberwolves Secret Agreement Fine

The Timberwolves` covert tactic reflects a widespread problem in the league, N.B.A. officials said. The harsh penalties announced yesterday are expected to send a message to team owners and player agents who are trying to undermine the salary-cap system negotiated under the current collective agreement, league officials said. The beginning of the illegal deal came when Smith`s agent, Andrew Miller, left the sports marketing company run by Eric Fleisher and kept Smith and Garnett as customers. Fleisher complained, and the details of the illegal treaty were revealed upon discovery. [6] NBA Commissioner David Stern severely sanctioned the Timberwolves in response. He fined $3.5 million and cancelled the three short-term contracts – and thus Smith`s bird rights. It also prohibited Taylor from playing a role in the Timberwolves` activities until August 31, 2001 and forced McHale to play a role in the Timberwolves` activities until August 31, 2001. July off…