76ers general manager Daryl Morey lost $50,000 on Monday because of an automated tweet apparently scheduled during his previous stint running the Rockets.
The post celebrating the anniversary of James Harden breaking Houston’s assist record was deleted soon after going live on Dec. 20. But the NBA deemed it tampering and subsequently levied the heavy fine.
Morey has now drawn league ire for his Twitter activity in consecutive seasons after last year setting off a firestorm with a tweet supporting an anti-China protest movement in Hong Kong.
Harden is a rumored trade candidate of the 76ers following widespread reports of his frayed relationship with the Rockets and an ensuing trade request. Morey has shut down talk of a deal, however, with a declaration that he won’t trade away Ben Simmons.
In any case, there’s little chance an automated tweet generated through an unknown web service would sway Harden to come to Philadelphia. The NBA is simply trying to play it strict with its tampering rules in an era of executives and players often toeing the line of acceptable behavior. It probably doesn’t mind using Morey to set a reminder for everyone else.
Morey should know better than to cede control of his Twitter account or schedule something so far in advance, and given his history on the app, perhaps he would do well to deactivate for a while.