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Pacers filed tampering charges against Lakers over pursuit of Paul George

Pacers filed tampering charges against Lakers over pursuit of Paul George

Vescey also shared that the investigation was linked to Paul George.

The NBA says it has opened an investigation to see if the Los Angeles Lakers tampered with Paul George while he was under contract with the Indiana Pacers.

The Los Angeles Lakers have issued a statement to deny the Indiana Pacers' allegations that the Purple & Gold tampered with Paul George during the offseason.

The probe is being handled by the New York-based law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and the National Basketball Association said the Lakers have cooperated with the ongoing investigation.

"As the NBA's statement made clear, we can not comment about the specifics of any ongoing investigation", Lakers director of media relations Alison Bogli said in a statement released on Sunday. "We have asked both teams to refrain from commenting while the investigation is ongoing", the league said.

The Lakers, Johnson and George were hardly shy about expressing their mutual admiration this spring.

Many conspiracy theorists around the area were already questioning the tampering after Magic Johnson tweeted, "God is so good!" the day George informed the Pacers he was going to leave town. ESPN reports the Lakers expect to be cleared. I had to go to CBA school, salary cap school and tampering school. "You can't tamper with somebody else's player".

If he doesn't, we do.

In this day and age in the media with the usage of social media, it is often hard for a story of this magnitude to get broken by a singular reporter.

The NBA shortly thereafter confirmed the reports. Durant was under contract to the Thunder for 12 days while the conversations took place.

Teams are prohibited from contacting players or their agents to talk deals unless it's after July 1, the opening of the players' free-agency year.

2b. Still, the Lakers "insisting that there is no evidence of tampering" doesn't sound particularly innocent, does it?

Woj and Ramona Shelburne reported that punishments could include "a loss of draft picks, financial fines up to $5 million, future restrictions on acquiring George and possible suspensions of offending officials". In the event that the Commissioner imposes a fine, he may direct that some or all of the fine be paid directly to the Member aggrieved by the tampering.

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