Pacers file tampering charges on Lakers regarding Paul George rumors

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According to a Saturday evening report from Peter Vecsey, via Patreon, the Pacers are planning to formally file tampering charges against the Los Angeles Lakers regarding George.

The four-time NBA All-Star Paul George has one more season to go on his current contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder after getting traded to the OKC by the Indiana Pacers.

Paul George's agent contacted the Pacers on June 18 and informed the team George would not return after his contract expired following the 2017-18 season and that his preference was to play for the Lakers. The NBA is using the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz to probe the matter, the NBA said.

"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 all the investigation is ongoing.

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It's no secret that the Lakers are the favorites to land George when he becomes a free agent this summer, and Magic Johnson has not exactly avoided the topic since he joined L.A.'s front office.

"As the NBA's statement made clear, we can not comment about the specifics of any ongoing investigation", the Lakers said in a released statement. And now the league is investigating whether Lakers president Magic Johnson has broken these rules. The NBA confirmed the report and, while it and other sports teams take tampering seriously, the practice is as much a part of pro sports as inflated ticket prices. Johnson said on a television chat show in April that he would love to see George in a Lakers uniform.

According to National Basketball Association rules, team officials are not allowed to make contact with players or their agents to discuss future plans while they are still under contract with another team. "You can't tamper with somebody else's player". The Lakers could face loss of draft picks, fines of up to $5 million, suspensions of team officials, or restrictions on future negotiations with George. George had been linked with the Lakers, his hometown franchise, for several years. If the Lakers are found guilty in this investigation, free agents could be scared away from signing with the Lakers next summer.

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