The Los Angeles Lakers have been fined a half million dollars for illegally tampering with Paul George during his time with the Indiana Pacers. Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka allegedly reached out to George breaking NBA rules.
“The conduct at issue involved communications by Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka with the agent representing Paul George that constituted a prohibited expression of interest in the player while he was under contract. The penalty reflected a previous warning issued by the NBA to the Lakers regarding tampering, following comments made by Lakers President of Basketball Operations Earvin Johnson about Paul George during an April 20 national television appearance.”
George is favored to join the Lakers as a free agent next summer despite being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.