Hawks owner fined for comments about LeBron

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Atlanta Hawks owner Michael Gearon became the latest person to be fined by the National Basketball Association for comments about LeBron James that violated the league's anti-tampering rules.

Gearon was fined $25,000 for comments he made to an Atlanta newspaper about James, who is under contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers but due to become a free agent on July 1, the league said in a statement on Thursday.

NBA rules do not permit teams to talk about other teams' players until free agency begins.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was fined $100,000 and Phoenix Suns president Steve Kerr $10,000 for comments they made about James, the two-time league MVP.

(Writing by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Frank Pingue)