Mark Cuban Gets Penalized For Contact With Players

One of the conditions of the lockout is that players cannot communicate (and vice-versa) with front office personnel, coaches, even trainers. Violators at the team level can be subject to seven-figure fines or even loss of draft picks. It's hard to imagine anyone is suffering more than Mavs Fan For Life and Mavs owner (in that order) Mark Cuban, who does everything but actually suit up for his beloved franchise. The fact that he can pay a seven-figure fine from his PayPal account and just cough up $3 million for another draft pick means that it might take more than that kind of punishment to keep him away from Dirk and the guys. (Sorry, Dirk — change your number.)