Pacers File Tampering Charges Against Lakers Over Paul George

Lawrence Cooper
August 21, 2017

The NBA said the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is conducting the investigation. "We have asked both teams to refrain from commenting while the investigation is ongoing".

Los Angeles responded, following the NBA's directions to not comment on the investigation.

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. "We can confirm, however, that we are cooperating fully with the National Basketball Association in the hope of clearing our name as soon as possible". But it remains quite likely that he ends up in Los Angeles as a free agent next summer, and the Pacers apparently think that something untoward happened during the process that led to in trading George after the draft.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne followed up on Vescey's report and stated that "the possibility of impermissible contact" between Johnson and George was the focus of the investigation, but again, no one seems to be clear on whether any evidence can or will corroborate the allegations.

"Beyond that, if the Lakers tampered with Paul George, it would stand to reason that they tampered with LeBron as well". Fans are beginning to get excited and it is reflected in the ticket sales and the number of times that the Lakers will be on national television this season. George has often spoken of his friendship with Johnson and, shortly after his intention to leave the Pacers was announced, Johnson tweeted: "God is so good!" Johnson also acknowledged in a late-night TV interview in April that he would welcome George as a Laker.

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George, 27, is one of the NBA's most talented two-way players and has always been connected to possibly playing for the Lakers.

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.

The report added that the Lakers could be dealt with a US$5 million (AU$6.3 million) fine or loss multiple draft picks.

George will be a free agent in 2018.

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