NBA notebook: Warriors investor draws 1-year ban

NBA notebook: Warriors investor draws 1-year ban
By Reuters

07/06/2019 at 03:35Updated 07/06/2019 at 03:38

Golden State Warriors minority investor Mark Stevens was banned from NBA games for one year and handed a $500,000 fine for pushing and swearing at Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday.

The billionaire apologized after the league announced the punishment Thursday.

"I hope that Mr. Lowry and others impacted by this lapse in judgment
understand that the behavior I demonstrated last night does not reflect the
person I am or have been throughout my life," he said. "I made a mistake and
I'm truly sorry. I need to be better and look forward to making it right."

The NBA also issued a statement critical of Stevens, then later announced that
he is prohibited from attending games through the rest of this year's Finals
plus all of the 2019-20 regular season and postseason.

--Kevin Durant will not play in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Golden State coach
Steve Kerr announced.

Durant has not played since he injured his right calf on May 8 in the Western
Conference semifinals. He has missed the past eight games.

Kerr had better news when it came to Klay Thompson's strained left hamstring.
Thompson didn't play in Game 3 on Wednesday as the Warriors lost 123-109 to
the Toronto Raptors, said Kerr said the star guard would play in Game 4
"barring something unforeseen."

--The Brooklyn Nets agreed to trade guard Allen Crabbe and two first-round
picks to the Atlanta Hawks for forward Taurean Prince and a second-round pick,
ESPN reported.

The Nets will clear Crabbe's $18.5 million salary for 2019-20, giving them cap
space to sign two maximum-level contracts in free agency this summer.

According to the report, they will receive a 2021 second-round pick while
sending the Hawks their first-rounder, 17th overall, in the draft later this
month and a lottery-protected first-rounder in 2020. No trades can be made
official until July 6.

--Field Level Media