Simply minutes into the NBA offseason free company interval, agent Andre Buck introduced that P.J. Tucker had signed with the Philadelphia 76ers.
The three-year, $33 million deal was agreed upon so swiftly that it raised a couple of eyebrows. A kind of eyebrows belonged to the league workplace, who will now contemplate investigating the Sixers for tampering.
“I’m advised that Philadelphia’s signing of P.J. Tucker can be prone to be positioned beneath the investigation microscope by the league workplace. Tucker, after all, was signed away from the Miami Warmth, who have been docked a second-round choose as a penalty for “early free company discussions” linked to their sign-and-trade acquisition of Kyle Lowry final summer season,” Marc Stein reported by way of his substack.
The 37-year-old Tucker had already been linked to Philly due to his ties to James Harden and Daryl Morey, who all hung out collectively in Houston. And for Morey, it’s not the primary time he’s been accused of (or disciplined for) tampering.
Though an official investigation has not but been launched, it could be true to type for the NBA. They’ve been a lot stricter about tampering of late and have dolled out fairly a little bit of punishment for the violation. The Milwaukee Bucks (Bogdan Bogdanović), Miami Warmth (Kyle Lowry) and Chicago Bulls (Lonzo Ball) have all been docked second-round picks lately.
If and when the NBA does launch their investigation, it could take months to achieve a conclusion. Along with misplaced draft picks, a possible consequence is having Tucker’s contract terminated all collectively — though that appears far much less probably.
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