The Los Angeles Lakers are under investigation by the NBA on tampering allegations raised by the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers assert that the Lakers tampered with George while he was under contract with them. George is a four-time All-Star who was traded by the Pacers to the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason. He is a native of Los Angeles and there it has been no secret that the Lakers have had their eye on him when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2018.
The league has contracted a third party, New York law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz to conduct the investigation. The Lakers have been cooperating thus far with the investigation.
Both franchises have been asked to refrain from issuing any comments while the investigation is underway.
“If the Lakers are found to have tampered, the NBA could issue any combination of fines, forfeiture of draft picks or suspensions of those who were deemed to be involved. Tampering, the league has said, can be either direct or indirect.”