The NBA doesn’t like when teams and players manipulate the rules and it seems like maybe two teams could have fired before the free agency period began.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne, the league has launched an investigation into the acquisition of Lonzo Ball by signing and trade from the Chicago Bulls, as well as the signing and trade for Kyle Lowry by the Miami Heat, for possible manipulation. The league wants to investigate whether there was contact before 6pm ET Monday, as such contact would have been prohibited before that time.
Two years ago, the NBA extended the penalties for manipulation. Teams can face a fine of up to $ 10 million for tampering, $ 6 million for improper deals, and $ 5 million for comments that attempt to attract players from another team. according to the NBA. Additionally, the NBA can void contracts, eliminate draft picks, and suspend executives. Commissioner Adam Silver also has the authority to bring cell phones, tablets, and other devices for an investigation.
Free agency manipulation has always been going on, but the league just can’t control the situation when players and teams will just fix the problem.