Larry Coon on if LeBron James calling Kevin Love to join him in Cleveland was tampering or not: “The problem here is the rule against undisclosed agreements. (…) You can’t talk about future contracts during a trade, before a trade.”
The reason for the fines wasn’t in the memo, but a recent letter sent by a Hawks employee to season ticket holders mentioned Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul and Lakers center Dwight Howard as possible signees. It’s not permitted by the league to name players before they officially become free agents.
Three NBA teams have been fined for tampering, according to an internal league memo obtained by USA TODAY Sports. A person familiar with the fine said that one of the teams is the Atlanta Hawks. The person spoke on on the condition of anonymity because the fines haven’t been made public.