Kings center Dewayne Dedmon has been fined $50K for “public statements detrimental to the NBA and its teams,” the league announced today in a press release. The penalty stems from Dedmon’s comments to The Sacramento Bee about his desire to be traded out of Sacramento.
“I would like to be traded,” Dedmon said on Sunday. “I haven’t been playing, so I would like to go somewhere where my talents are appreciated.”
The fine comes as no surprise. While players and agents are generally permitted to ask for trades via back-channels, the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement prohibits them from publicly announcing those requests.
Anthony Davis was fined $50K last winter when agent Rich Paul publicly asked for a trade, so Dedmon received an identical penalty for his comments.