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Nets assistant Vanterpool fined $10,000, team $25,000 for interfering in live play

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Following reports that Bradley Beal won't sign an extension with the Wizards, Chris Herring and the BFA duo discuss what could be next for Washington and its star guard.

It was a play unlike anything anyone had seen, so unexpected the referees didn’t catch it.

Nets assistant coach David Vanterpool reached out from the sideline and broke a Spencer Dinwiddie pass to Kyle Kuzma. Brooklyn grabbed the loose ball and went the other way with what was officially ruled a turnover (in a game ultimately decided by one point, 119-118). Washington argued the call, to no avail.

Thursday the league fined Vanterpool $10,000 and the Nets organization $25,000 “for Vanterpool interfering with live play.”

A fine after the fact is not the best punishment here, but the chance had passed to hand out a technical, a couple of free throws and the ball out of bounds — things that could have impacted the game. The game outcome did not change.

This felt less like a punishment of the Nets and more of a “don’t you even think about it” warning to other teams. It’s common for teams to crowd the corners near the bench; this was a reminder not to interfere with play.

It just comes too late for the Wizards.