Johnson and the Lakers had been open in their desire to land George, an L.A. native, before the Pacers surprisingly traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder in July.
The NBA released a statement on Sunday saying that it was investigating alleged tampering violations by the Los Angeles Lakers in regard to Paul George.
If the investigation can prove that the Lakers tampered with George while he was still under contract with IN, they could potentially lose some draft picks, face fines up to $5 million, possible future restrictions on acquiring Paul George and even suspensions of offending officials. The independent investigation is being conducted by the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz. He indicates the Lakers have been cooperative in the investigation and so far, "no findings have been made" to put the team at risk of punishment. "We have asked both teams to refrain from commenting while the investigation is ongoing", the league said.
It was not certain whether the Lakers would look to make a trade for the four-time All-Star, or if they would wait for him to become available in free agency the following off-season in order to make their own contract offer for him.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne followed up on Vescey's report and stated that "the possibility of impermissible contact" between Johnson and George was the focus of the investigation, but again, no one seems to be clear on whether any evidence can or will corroborate the allegations. However, the Lakers did confirm that they are "cooperating fully with the NBA".
NBA Insider Peter Vecsey first broke the news of an investigation on the Los Angeles Lakers yesterday. This was broken by longtime National Basketball Association writer Peter Vecsey, whom I profiled in-depth a year ago, on his $5/month Patreon page.
"It's no secret the Lakers want George", explains Chris Barnwell of CBS Sports. The Lakers could face loss of draft picks, fines of up to $5 million, suspensions of team officials, or restrictions on future negotiations with George. Speculation about tampering by Johnson goes back to April when he made an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and discussed speaking with George while on vacation.
Heavyweight cranes and gas cutters were used to lift displaced and overturned coaches and cut through their tangled remains. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu ordered an inquiry into the train derailment to ascertain the cause of the incident.
Williams has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder, Mail Online reports . The scene was heartbreaking to police; counseling services are being offered to those who responded to the home.
Kompany has played for Mark Hughes, Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini during his nine years with the Premier League side. His movement was key, especially for Sandro Ramirez, who I think could struggle for goals.
Microbiologist Lathem, who has since been sacked by Northwestern University, plans to plead not guilty, according to his lawyer. Toller said Lathem then yelled at Warren, who was standing in a nearby doorway, and asked him for help.
Among other Asian markets, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was up 0.09 per cent while Japan's Nikkei shed 0.13 per cent. On similar lines, the National Stock Exchange index Nifty dropped by 73.95 points or 0.74 per cent to 9,830.20.
Authorities say two Pennsylvania state troopers were shot and the suspect was killed outside a grocery store south of Pittsburgh. A struggle ensued as troopers tried to arrest him, and Belsar pulled out a gun and fired one shot, striking both troopers.
Corey Booker , D- New Jersey, announced he plans to introduce legislation to remove Confederate statues from the U.S. The demonstrators had gathered in the college town to protest the removal of a statue of Lee from a public park.
The Oregonian/Oregonlive reports that the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are exploring. The pilot of a small passenger plane that crashed near Madras on Saturday was the only fatality, investigators said Sunday.
You get the scripts a month before we start shooting, or six weeks, and then you know what's going to happen that season. However, it is rumored that these episodes will be supersized - a rumor which HBO has yet to confirm officially.
He had a remarkable chemistry with his audience - that's what made him such an incredible professional and why he was so loved. He also said he was "honoured" to have known and worked with Sir Bruce and "to have had my life touched by such greatness".
Following his acting career, Landham got into politics as a Republican and ran for Governer of Kentucky as long as State Senator. In 2004, Landham also ran for a state Senate seat in Kentucky and in 2008 was nominated by the Libertarian party for the U.S.
Dodgers get OF Granderson in trade with Mets
The Dodgers made room for Granderson by optioning former All Star centerfielder Joc Pederson to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Granderson, 36, was acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers late Friday night.
Stenson in Wyndham lead
The four-tournament FedEx Cup playoffs begin with the top-125 finishers qualifying for this week's Northern Trust event in NY . And it got better when Siem battled his way through to the final to take on Otaegui, a rapidly-improving young Spanish golfer.
All Blacks Great Colin Meads Dies At 81
World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper, cricket star Brendon McCullum and WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker also paid their respects. He never backed down from any challenge or fight, and that's why he was not only a great player, but a great New Zealander.
Umpires in Detroit take stand against verbal abuse
There's often arguments between team players and umpires, managers and umpires, and coaches and umpires, that's part of the game. Ausmus added that he felt it was ironic that the umpires were wearing white armbands when players aren't allowed to wear those.
How to Make Your Own Eclipse
Why is it called the "Great American Eclipse?" There is a 70-mile stretch from SC through OR that will have the best views. For those outside of the zone of totality, NASA has warned people not to look directly into the partial eclipse .
RBI to issue new Rs. 50 currency notes
Unlike the higher denomination notes, the smaller denominations of Rs 20 and Rs 50 are expected to be phased out gradually. This is the third note that is going to be changed after the demonetisation move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.