REPORT: Lakers Under Investigation for Tampering

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The Indiana Pacers have officially filed tampering charges with the NBA. The charges were filed against the Los Angeles Lakers and Magic Johnson.

The Pacers are claiming that Johnson had impermissible contact with Paul George.

The Lakers are denying the allegations filed by the Pacers, insisting that there is no evidence of tampering, and they expect to be cleared in the matter, a team source told ESPN.

“As the NBA’s statement made clear, we cannot comment about the specifics of any ongoing investigation,” the Lakers said in a statement. “We can confirm, however, that we are cooperating fully with the NBA in the hope of clearing our name as soon as possible.”

If the league office’s probe can prove the Lakers were guilty of tampering with George while he was under contract with Indiana, Los Angeles can be punished in several ways, including a loss of draft picks, financial fines up to $5 million, future restrictions on acquiring George and possible suspensions of offending officials. BAD news for the Lakers if this is true.

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Also, if the NBA were to find evidence that the Lakers had engaged in a side agreement with George, he could be prohibited from signing a free-agent deal with Los Angeles or being part of a trade to the Lakers. The investigation is beginning now.

The NBA is using the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz to probe the matter, the NBA said.

The story on the tampering charges involving George was first reported by Peter Vecsey. Check out Vecsey’s tweet!!!

Team officials aren’t allowed to make contact with players or their agents to discuss future plans unless it’s after the opening of the players’ free-agency year on July 1.

Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelbourne also reported on the story.

George averaged 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 2016-17. George, a four-time All-Star, was part of the 2016 USA Olympic gold-medal team, less than two years after suffering a broken leg.

What do you think happened?!

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