Who more who less in the NBA understands that the tampering It is a more or less accepted practice within the league. Bradley Beal commented not long ago that they had tried to recruit him on practically every course he visited. Conversations between players, franchises and agents outside of free agency are often out of control. But there are others that cry out to heaven.
These days there is no talk of anything other than the possible departure of James Harden to the Sixers and there are some managers with the fly behind their ear. In Posted Up, the podcast directed by Chris Haynes in Yahoo Sports, the insider ensures that there are owners willing to launch an investigation if the point guard ends up signing for Philly. Owners believe Harden is holding talks with Morey laying the groundwork for a future sign-and-trade in the next offseason. These suspicions are magnified considering the relationship that La Barba has with Daryl Morey and Michael Rubin, co-owner of the Sixers.
If all of this comes to pass and the talks prove to have been irregular, it’s hard to know what it would mean for the 76ers and Nets. Normally, the chapters of tampering such as comments on social networks or somewhat unfounded flattery are punishable by a small fine. However, forging a movement so many months in advance could have somewhat more severe consequences.
In the worst case, we can witness an episode similar to the one experienced with the signing of Bojan Bogdanovic by the Milwaukee Bucks, which the league ended up canceling for signing early. But there is also the possibility that the NBA will turn a blind eye as happened with the arrivals of Lowry and Lonzo to the Heat and Bulls respectively. Both transfers were announced minutes after the opening of the negotiations period, but the only punishment was an economic fine and the extraction of a second round for each team.
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