NBA to Investigate Los Angeles Lakers for Tampering
The life of an NBA executive is not easy – something that Magic Johnson will come to learn.
As the weekend came to a close, the Indiana Pacers asked the NBA to investigate the Los Angeles Lakers who they believe tampered with superstar swingman Paul George while still under contract with the Indiana Pacers.
“The Lakers have been co-operative and, at this point, no findings have been made,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said Sunday in a statement. “We have asked both teams to refrain from commenting while the investigation is ongoing.”
A Los Angeles-native, George has made it well known his desires to play for his home team in the past. Earlier this offseason, George was moved to Oklahoma City in a mega-deal that will see him partner up with NBA MVP Russell Westbrook this upcoming season. George will be entering the final year of his contract and will have the opportunity to leave the Thunder for the Lakers next summer.
“As the NBA’s statement made clear, we cannot comment about the specifics of any ongoing investigation,” Lakers spokeswoman Alison Bogli said. “We can confirm, however, that we are co-operating fully with the NBA in the hope of clearing our name as soon as possible.”
Paul George is coming off yet another All-Star season in which he averaged a career-best 23.7 points per game along with 6.6 rebounds per game.
If the league is to find the Lakers guilty of tampering, they can get punished in a few different ways. They could either be subjected to lose draft picks, be fined up to $5-million, receive future restrictions on acquiring George, or the offending official may face a suspension.
Either way, if proven guilty, this will definitely not be a good start to the Magic Johnson-Rob Pelinka era