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The Pacers Have Formally Accused The Lakers Of Tampering With Paul George

The Pacers Have Formally Accused The Lakers Of Tampering With Paul George The Pacers Have Formally Accused The Lakers Of Tampering With Paul George
Vera Richards | 22 August, 2017, 01:23

The NBA has launched a probe of the Los Angeles Lakers after IN complained they improperly approached Pacers star Paul George while he was still under contract to the team.

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.

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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.

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