National Basketball Association investigating allegations of Lakers tampering with Paul George


Soon after Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka formed the new Los Angeles front office, several reports claimed that Paul George to Lakers was a done deal.

The Los Angeles Lakers are hoping to clear their name after the National Basketball Association announced it had launched an investigation into the team's possible tampering with former Indiana Pacers and current Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George.

The NBA has said that the investigation is still ongoing and no decision has been made.

"The Lakers have been cooperative and, at this point, no findings have been made", the league's statement said. We have asked both teams to refrain from commenting all the investigation is ongoing.

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In June, George's agent, Aaron Mintz, was upfront with the Pacers, telling the franchise about George's intention to become a free agent in 2018 and that the four-time All-Star would not be returning to Indiana.

Former Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George is now officially a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and though he's yet to play a game in his new conference, he's already creating headlines on the West Coast. When George told the Pacers his plans of opting out, he apparently told them his preferred destination was Los Angeles and the Lakers.

For now, Laker fans may want to hold their breath regarding the investigation.

More directly, Johnson had acknowledged in a late-night TV interview in April that he would love for George to be a Laker. Most individuals who were following the situation were caught off guard when they were informed about the trade that the Thunder made to pick him up, since they were nearly certain that the Lakers would make some sort of deal for him by next year. The NBA usually does not investigate tampering until a team files a formal complaint. In 2013, the Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings were fined for name dropping Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. While penalties for tampering could include the loss of draft picks and even blocking George from signing with the Lakers, precedent indicates any punishment could be far less significant. One of the teams, the Atlanta Hawks, was fined due to an email sent out to season ticket holders.