LeBron James is tired of Dahntay Jones getting ejected. Because every time he does, James pays up.
Jones was ejected from the Game 1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ second-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors on Monday night after receiving two technical fouls for trash talking after a dunk in garbage time.
The Cavs were up 116-102 with 18 seconds left, the win was sealed, and there was really no reason for Jones to run his mouth. But he did.
The comments are going to cost him. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that he will have to pay $6,000 in fines for the two techs and the ejection. Jones made just $9,000 this year from the Cavaliers after they signed him for the veteran’s minimum just before the end of the regular season.
Dahntay Jones made $9,000 from Cavs this season. He just got fined $6,000 for 2 techs and an ejection.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) May 2, 2017
Reminder: James paid Jones’ fine last year when he was suspended for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals for hitting then-Raptors center Bismack Biyombo in the groin. The price wasn’t so steep then, though. James only had to shell out about $80 to cover that fine.
After the Game 1 win, James said he’d once again come in to save the day, and Jones’ wallet, but not without a little warning:
“I told him tonight, ‘Now listen, Dahntay. Enough is enough,'” James told reporters after the game, laughing. “‘You gonna stop getting kicked out against Toronto all the time, all right? So I can stop paying your damn fines.’ But he won’t have to worry about [paying the fine]. He’s good.”
The Cavs will face the Raptors again in Game 2 on Wednesday.