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NBA Fines Brooklyn Nets for Resting Players

The Nets commit a no-no and pay for it.

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The NBA has fined the Brooklyn Nets $100,000 for violating their player participation policy in a December 27th game against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Nets lost the contest 144-122 after failing to play regular starters Spencer Dinwiddie, Nic Claxton, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Cameron Johnson. The Nets also played 80% of their nominal starting lineup that night—including regulars Mikal Bridges and Cam Thomas—16 minutes or fewer.

Shams Charania of The Athletic shared the news on Twitter/X:

The NBA has fined the Brooklyn Nets $100,000 for violating the player participation policy vs. Bucks on Dec. 27.

An ESPN story on the fine quotes NBA Executive Vice President Joe Dumars:

“We’ve been very clear with teams what we are trying to accomplish, and what we’d like to see,” Dumars told ESPN shortly after the fine was announced Thursday afternoon. “And, if I’m just cutting to the chase, if you’re going to sit four starters at one time, that’s going to violate the policy and it violates the spirit of what we’re trying to do here.

Nets Head Coach Jacque Vaughn explained the omissions before his team took the court that night:

“I’ve got to think short term and long term and make executive decisions for the betterment of the group,” Vaughn told reporters before the game in explaining the decision to sit so many players. “So that’s where we’re at tonight.”

The Nets were on the second night of a back-to-back on the 27th when they faced Milwaukee.