What did you think of this overall crazy free agency that we just saw? Jared Dudley: I just think that tampering is at an all-time high during the season. I seen that even when guys are playing. It’s hard to even be focused. You hear in December, Kyrie talking to Spencer (Dinwiddie), you got KD, what he’s thinking about. Kawhi (Leonard), it even came out the other day, Paul George talking about even wanting to play with him since when he was in San Antonio and George was in Indiana. These guys, they talk, they don’t mind calling. So what you got to do is start playing the game. USA Basketball is huge for networking and you got to have a start.
On tampering, do you think something should be done or it’s just impossible to police? Jared Dudley: It’s impossible to police. How can you tell a player that he can’t text someone from the coaching staff, something like that? I would just say that they got to do something different with the free-agency process. I would say that’s got to change a little bit. So I don’t know the way that he can change it, but Adam Silver is a smart guy. Everyone loves him. Everyone respects him. So I think that he can kind of find a way to maybe help it out.
The N.B.A. has begun an investigation into how teams handled free agency this summer, focusing on whether improper inducements were offered to players to circumvent the salary cap, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation.
The issue was raised by multiple team owners at a meeting of the league’s board of governors this month in Las Vegas, according to the person, who requested anonymity because of a lack of authorization to speak publicly on the subject.
It is unclear what the scope of the investigation is, or whether the league, which declined to comment, is acting on information other than reports in the news media. The investigation follows one of the most tumultuous off-seasons in N.B.A. history, with many high-profile players switching teams. The N.B.A. is also exploring whether it needs to change its rules against tampering. Several players committed to signing with a team as soon as free agency negotiations officially opened at 6 p.m. on June 30 — even though teams were not allowed to begin recruiting before then. League rules prohibit players, coaches and front office executives from enticing an athlete under contract with another team to come play for their franchise.
Ben Rohrbach: Al Horford to @dpshow on Celtics reportedly accusing 76ers of tampering: “What can I say? It’s pretty ridiculous, but it is what it is. I love Danny. He was always really good to me, and I know that he’s definitely frustrated that things didn’t work out with us.”