NBA Investigating Possible Tampering Violation in Lowry Sign-and-Trade
The NBA is looking into possible tampering violations involving the the Miami Heat acquisition of Kyle Lowry.
News first broke on Saturday when sources told ESPN, that the NBA has opened up two separate tampering investigations pertaining to the sign-and-trades of point guards Lonzo Ball and Kyle Lowry.
Lowry, who has spent nearly a decade with the Toronto Raptors signed a three-year, $85-million deal with the Miami Heat at the start of free agency. To make the financials work, the Heat sent Precious Achiuwa and Goran Dragic back to Toronto in a sign-and-trade. According to the league, the NBA will examine illegal contact among teams and players ahead of the start of free agency which kicked off at 6 PM ET this past Monday.
The NBA has come down hard on past tampering offenders, with punishments including fines of up to $10 million dollars, possible suspensions of team executives, forfeiting draft picks, and even voiding contracts. Per NBA regulations, team executives get their telephone records, texts and emails randomly audited.
Achiuwa is in the midst of his rookie scale contract, while the Heat guaranteed Dragic’s $19.4 million team option on the Sunday ahead of free agency.