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Mavericks fined $750,000 by NBA for resting players

The Dallas Mavericks have been fined $750,000 by the NBA for resting key players against the Chicago Bulls despite being in play-off contention. In a…

The Dallas Mavericks have been fined $750,000 by the NBA for resting key players against the Chicago Bulls despite being in play-off contention.

In a statement, the NBA said they had shown “a desire” to lose in order to improve their chances of getting a top-10 pick in this summer’s draft.

Mavericks were defeated 115-112 by the Bulls on 7 April.

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Dallas said Kyle Irving, Tim Hardaway Jr and Maxi Kleber were all nursing injuries while Josh Green and Christian Wood were being rested.

All five players – plus Luka Doncic, who played only 12 minutes fielding a weakened side in order to lose and improve their draft chances.

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