Tampering Rumors

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.
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.