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NBA reportedly taking steps to crack down on tampering

Adam Silver

NBA teams and players have made something of a mockery of the league’s anti-tampering rules, and there is a clear desire to put a stop to that.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the NBA recently sent a memo to teams outlining several proposals intended to increase compliance. These measures include a significant hike in tampering fines, audits, and forcing teams to report on and certify their own behavior.

This comes on the heels of a season when the league’s tampering rules seemed like more of a suggestion than a set of laws. One prominent case came when LeBron James publicly urged the Lakers to acquire Anthony Davis, which the NBA let pass to the fury of many small market owners. The free agency period was also filled with players working things out with other players — and involving teams — during a period where it should not have been permissible. The league doesn’t want to see that happening anymore, and increasing the fines should make it less of a slap on the wrist, too.


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