Monday , Feb , 23 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Detroit fined for using ineligible players

New York, NY (Sports Network) – The NBA Monday announced that the Detroit
Pistons have been fined $200,000 for using two ineligible players during their
loss to Minnesota on February 20.

Forward Rasheed Wallace and guard Mike James played in the first half of the
contest despite the certifications of the trade not being officially signed.

Upon hearing the news at halftime that the February 19 trade involving
Detroit, Boston and Atlanta was not complete, Pistons head coach Larry Brown
removed both players from the game to avoid further complicating the
situation.

Both players were in the lineup for Sunday night’s game against Orlando.
Wallace started and scored 14 points, while James came off the bench to net
seven. However, the Magic walked away with an 87-86 victory.

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