NBA punishes Lakers for tampering, but has history of letting players slide
ABC News - 6 months
The NBA announced Thursday that the Los Angeles Lakers were fined $500,000 for tampering with Paul George when he was under contract with the Indiana Pacers, before they dealt him to the Oklahoma City Thunder. It's not the first time in recent years that the league has handed down tampering penalties. Tampering cost Mark Cuban some money in 2015, Phil Jackson got fined for it in 2014, and both the Atlanta Hawks and Sacramento Kings got hit with tampering fines in 2013. What do all those cases have in common? None of them involve the most common type of tampering: when players collude with other players. In fact, the league's statement on the Lakers' fine ended with the sentence "The NBA's anti-tampering rule prohibits teams from interfering with other teams' contractual relationships with NBA players, including by publicly expressing interest in a player who is currently under contract with another team or informing...
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