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76ers' Daryl Morey fined $75K for tampering with Warriors' Stephen Curry

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (L) is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2021-22 season. File Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (L) is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2021-22 season. File Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI | License Photo

June 7 (UPI) -- The NBA has fined Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey $75,000 for violating the league's anti-tampering rule.

The league said in a statement Monday the fine was in response to a Twitter post from Morey last week in which he wrote "join 'em" above a screenshot of an Instagram post from Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry.

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In the social media post, Curry was praising his brother, Seth Curry, who currently plays for the Sixers. The post came in the wake of Seth Curry scoring a playoff career-best 30 points in Game 5 of the 76ers' first-round series against the Washington Wizards.

Morey attempted to explain his post in a subsequent tweet, writing that he was "talking about the fact that we are thrilled [Seth Curry] is here with the @Sixers -- nothing else!"

Under league rules, NBA executives are prohibited from talking about players on opposing teams. The league also said the 76ers organization was fined $75,000 due to Morey's "conduct."

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Stephen Curry, who is eligible to sign a four-year, $215.4 million extension this off-season to remain with the Warriors, led the NBA in scoring this season. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2021-22 campaign.

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The 76ers beat the Wizards in five games to advance to the Western Conference semifinals. Philadelphia suffered a 128-124 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of that series Sunday, with Seth Curry scoring 21 points in 36 minutes.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series between the 76ers and Hawks is scheduled for Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

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