The Kings were one of three teams fined by the league Tuesday for statements, remarks, conduct, etc., that could be construed as "tampering" with a player who is currently under contract. In a slight slip of the tongue during his introductory press conference 10 days ago, rookie coach Michael Malone mentioned that Chris Paul "would look good in a Kings uniform."

An assistant in New Orleans when the veteran point guard was with the Hornets, Malone was responding to a question about his relationship with the Clippers free-agent-to-be.

"The Kings organization accepts the league's decision and regret any infraction of the policy," team spokesman Chris Clark said.