Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George will face the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time since he expressed his desire play for the team.
In fact, the information about his interest in playing for Los Angeles was so public that the Lakers were hit with tampering charges by the league. As the story goes, the Indiana Pacers traded George to the Oklahoma City Thunder rather than his hometown team regardless.
Los Angeles was still fined for the violation due to improper communication between agent Aaron Mintz (who represents George) and general manager Rob Pelinka.
But according to George, the conversation was not with Pelinka but rather assistant coach Brian Shaw. He found the decision to pursue discipline “kind of comical” and said there was “no reason” for the fine.
According to Ramona Shelburne, the league already looked into the relationship between George and Shaw (via ESPN):
“Multiple sources tell ESPN that the league investigation found no evidence of tampering as it relates to Brian Shaw and Paul George. The league investigated their relationship this summer. Today George also publicly denied there was tampering in his relationship with Shaw, but revealed the Pacers thought there was.”
George said he only spoke with Shaw about “fishing” and did not mention the idea of playing for the franchise. They reportedly have gone on fishing trips together.