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National Basketball Association confirms Lakers are being investigated for tampering with Paul George

21 Août 2017

Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball during the game against the Charlotte Hornets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on December 12, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski of Ramona Shelburne provided some details of the investigation, noting that Magic Johnson's alleged impermissible contact with George is at the center of it. The league hired an outside firm to conduct the process.

The investigation is "at the request of the Indiana Pacers", according to the statement. George was later traded to Oklahoma City for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.

Paul George ended up in Oklahoma City, but Magic Johnson is still eyeing him.

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If the league office's probe can prove the Lakers were guilty of tampering with George while under contract with Indiana, Los Angeles can be punished in several ways, including a loss of draft picks, financial fines up to $5 million, future restrictions on acquiring George and possible suspensions of offending officials. According to National Basketball Association journalist Peter Vecsey, the National Basketball Association got the services of an independent law firm to look into Simon's accusation against the Lakers. The Lakers have been cooperative and, at this point, no finding have been made. George's trade to Thunder came after the Pacers pulled out of their trade agreement with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Adding George and perhaps another top-tier free agent in the offseason before the 2018-19 season seemed like a sure thing for the franchise, given George's public expressions of desire to play for Los Angeles.

In a nudge-nudge, wink-wink filled interview with Jimmy Kimmel in April, Johnson acknowledged that he'd like to get George but added that, you know, talking about that would be wrong. "We have asked both teams to refrain from commenting while the investigation is ongoing", the league said.

"I had to go to CBA school, salary cap school and tampering school". On an episode of ESPN's "The Jump" last week, reporter Brian Windhorst said "the Lakers have all but put up a billboard announcing they want to sign" George.

According to the NBA constitution, it is a violation of the league's anti-tampering rule for "any person affiliated with an NBA team to directly or indirectly (i) entice, induce or persuade or attempt to entice, induce or persuade any player, coach, GM or other person under contract to any other NBA team to enter into negotiations for or relating to that person's services". "You can't tamper with somebody else's player".

National Basketball Association confirms Lakers are being investigated for tampering with Paul George