The Lakers have been under investigation by the National Basketball Association for tampering allegations since May because of a conversation Magic Johnson had on a television show about then-Indiana All-Star forward Paul George that angered Pacers owner Herb Simons, according to several National Basketball Association officials who were not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing matter. Wojnarowski-then of The Vertical-reported in June the two-way star told in he planned to enter free agency in summer 2018 despite his player option for the 2018-19 campaign and saw Los Angeles as his desired landing place.
George's agent, Aaron Mintz, informed the Pacers in mid-June that his client did not intend to return to in when he became a free agent in 2018, also communicating that George's preference would be to go to the Lakers.
Did Magic Johnson and the Lakers commit tampering in their pursuit of Paul George?
The league announced Sunday afternoon it has opened an investigation into possible tampering by Los Angeles with the former Pacers and current Thunder star forward. "You can't tamper with somebody else's player".
The Lakers are so far vehemently denying any wrongdoing.
The Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets were also fined for tampering in 2013. He has stated that he enjoyed the Lakers very much growing up and that he would love to eventually play for the team, close by to where he had grown up and learned the game.
However, if found guilty, the Lakers could lose draft picks and their aforementioned executives can be suspended. The Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets were fined for tampering that same year because of a letter to Atlanta season-ticket holders that mentioned prospective free agents and articles on the Rockets team website that did the same.
When the Miami Heat were discovered to have tampered with Pat Riley in 1995 by negotiating with him when he was still the coach of the New York Knicks, the Heat agreed to compensate the Knicks with $1 million and their first-round draft pick in 1996 to avoid a penalty from the league.