Simply minutes into the NBA offseason free company interval, agent Andre Buck introduced that P.J. Tucker had signed with the Philadelphia 76ers.
The three-year, $33 million deal was agreed upon so swiftly that it raised a number of eyebrows. A type of eyebrows belonged to the league workplace, who will now contemplate investigating the Sixers for tampering.
“I’m informed that Philadelphia’s signing of P.J. Tucker can be more likely to be positioned beneath the investigation microscope by the league workplace. Tucker, in fact, was signed away from the Miami Warmth, who had been docked a second-round decide as a penalty for “early free company discussions” linked to their sign-and-trade acquisition of Kyle Lowry final summer season,” Marc Stein reported through his substack.
The 37-year-old Tucker had already been linked to Philly due to his ties to James Harden and Daryl Morey, who all frolicked collectively in Houston. And for Morey, it’s not the primary time he’s been accused of (or disciplined for) tampering.
Though an official investigation has not but been launched, it could be true to kind for the NBA. They’ve been a lot stricter about tampering of late and have dolled out fairly a little bit of punishment for the violation. The Milwaukee Bucks (Bogdan Bogdanović), Miami Warmth (Kyle Lowry) and Chicago Bulls (Lonzo Ball) have all been docked second-round picks in recent times.
If and when the NBA does launch their investigation, it could take months to succeed in a conclusion. Along with misplaced draft picks, a possible consequence is having Tucker’s contract terminated all collectively — though that appears far much less possible.