Two important sign-before-swap transactions are under investigation by the NBA because they may be tampered with.
ESPN report on Saturday The league is investigating the Bulls’ deal with the Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball, and the Heat’s actions against Kyle Lowry, to find out whether the team and players will officially open at 6 pm ET on Monday. Whether there is illegal contact between.
The Bulls and the Pelicans reached an agreement. Ball signed a four-year, $85 million contract and was sent to Chicago in exchange for Garrett Temple and Thomas Satoranski. Temple and the Pelicans signed a new three-year contract worth 15 million U.S. dollars. Similarly, the Heat acquired Lowry from the Raptors and signed a three-year, $85 million contract with him, and traded Goran Dragic and the precious Akiva to Toronto .
According to ESPN’s report, the Bauer transaction with Chicago still needs to be completed by the alliance office, and a different transaction may be formed.
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Two years ago, the NBA increased its penalties for tampering. Teams may face fines of up to 10 million U.S. dollars for tampering, 6 million U.S. dollars for improper transactions, and up to 5 million U.S. dollars for trying to attract comments from players from another team. According to the NBAIn addition, the NBA can cancel contracts, cancel draft picks, and suspend executives. Commissioner Adam Silver also has the right to take mobile phones, tablets and other equipment to investigate.
In the 2019 release, Silver stated that the NBA Board of Directors stated that the league needs to “better enforce the rules you have established.”
“Everyone in the room has a strong view and we need to make sure we create a culture of compliance in this alliance,” Silver said. “Our team wants to know that they are competing on a level playing field, and frankly, if they follow our existing rules, they don’t want to feel disadvantaged.”
If the investigation concludes that these transactions have been tampered with, then they will be the latest events that have occurred in the past year. According to a report from ESPN, an investigation of the Bucks found that the team violated league rules during a conversation with Bogdan Bogdanovic in 2020 about the Kings’ restricted free agent signing and trade . Because the Bucks did not sign Bogdanovic, they were punished by losing the 2022 second-round pick.