Lakers Hit With $500000 Fine For Violating Tampering Rules Regarding Paul George

Lakers Hit With $500000 Fine For Violating Tampering Rules Regarding Paul George

While Magic was away celebrating his 58th birthday, the Indiana Pacers filed tampering charges with the National Basketball Association against the Los Angeles Lakers, stemming from the possibility of impermissible contact between Magic Johnson and former Pacrers' All-Star Paul George.

In the end, the fine came down to Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka's contact with George's agent. Fans reacted when they heard the news of the fine, which also happened to be the NBA's 15th largest fine ever. He was then traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis in a deal that was finalized on July 6. The Pacers traded him after George told them he planned to leave IN as a free agent next summer.

The most public potential evidence of tampering came from Lakers executive Magic Johnson, who wink-winked, nudge-nudged his way through a Jimmy Kimmel interview in April, making it clear he would love for George to be a Laker.

An independent investigation by the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz found communications between the Lakers general manager and George's agent. The Lakers will pay a price for their interest in Paul George.

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NBA fines Lakers $500K for violating anti-tampering rules with Paul George

George is reportedly keen to return to his native California to join the Lakers, with team chief Johnson on the record as an admirer.

"As the NBA's statement made clear, we can not comment about the specifics of any ongoing investigation", the Lakers said in a statement.

The NBA is a dog-eat-dog league, and star players already leave small markets to pursue lucrative and desirable opportunities in big cities. A $500,000 fine is a small price to pay if the league did discover signs of tampering, and the Pacers got their wish by punishing the Lakers for overstepping their boundaries.

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