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NBA Roundup: James, West, Stephenson fined for flopping

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LeBron James, David West and Lance Stephenson have each been fined $5,000 for flopping in Game 4.

The NBA announced the penalties Thursday in accordance with their anti-flopping rules. Stephenson's infraction occurred when Ray Allen partially lifted his elbow, while West and LeBron flopped in concert on one play.

In taking a second look at the controversial plays from Game 4, the league also retroactively assessed West a flagrant 1 foul for a play on Dwyane Wade with 5:57 left in the fourth quarter.

---The Toronto Raptors have given Denver Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri 15 million reasons to consider a change of scenery, according to ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard.

The Raptors have offered the NBA's reigning Executive of the Year a five-year deal worth nearly $3 million per year, Broussard wrote, citing league sources.

Ujiri is expected to make his decision sometime this week, with sources saying that Denver isn't likely to match Toronto's offer.

---Indiana Pacers forward David West and center Roy Hibbert added some fuel to the fire going into Game 5 of the competitive Eastern Conference finals on Thursday night with accusations of dirty tactics aimed at Miami Heat forward Shane Battier.

"I (learned) to always have my guard up and protect my knees," West said, according to ESPN.com. "(Battier) has got this funny way of moving into your knees. We're very conscious of that. We talk about making sure we protect our knees."

Hibbert flat-out called Battier a dirty player.

"He has to do whatever he has to do to make sure his team wins," Hibbert said. "I'm going to watch my knees, watch my groin. ... To tell you the truth, I don't care. I'm in there, I'm playing tough. He has to do what he has to do. Obviously I don't like it, but it's a part of the game. I don't want to look back and say I gave in to a dirty player."
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