SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Jazz big man Derrick Favors returned to shoot-around ahead of Friday’s Minnesota Timberwolves game, but his bank account has taken a minor hit.
The NBA announced that Favors was charged a $15,000 fine for engaging in an altercation with Denver’s Mason Plumlee during the opening quarter on Wednesday’s game versus the Nuggets.
Plumlee was fined $25,000, while Nuggets center Nikola Jokić has been suspended one game without pay for violating the league’s rule against leaving the bench during an altercation.
The league determined that Jokić’s close proximity to the altercation further escalated the situation, and he will serve the suspension during tonight’s Nuggets game versus Phoenix.
“I didn’t see the first thing, I just saw that they started talking to each other and then started pushing each other so that’s what I saw. I didn’t see the first part of why that happened,” Jokić said after Denver’s 114-108 loss in Utah. “No, I was not on the court.”
Favors and Plumlee were originally fined $4,000 apiece for their technical foul ($2K) and ejections ($2K) but the league levied additional fines. It is the first ejection of the season for both players, thus $2,000 each, but their next ejection would be $4,000.