The latest NBA rumors have suggested the Los Angeles Lakers are quite confident that they are going to land Paul George when he hit the free agency in offseason 2018.
The four-time NBA All-Star Paul George has one more season to go on his current contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder after getting traded to the OKC by the Indiana Pacers. NBA rumors have been circulating around the league for months concerning whether George would stay in Indiana, or in Oklahoma City, or if he would opt for his hometown team in Los Angeles Lakers next offseason when he will become unrestricted free agent.
Meanwhile, the National Basketball Association (NBA) has confirmed that the Indiana Pacers have filed tampering charges against the Los Angeles Lakers, and that the league has hired an non-state-run law firm to conduct and supervise the investigation.
From the NBA’s press release:
At the request of the Indiana Pacers, the NBA opened an investigation into alleged tampering by the Los Angeles Lakers. The independent investigation is being conducted by the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
The Lakers have been cooperative and, at this point, no findings have been made. We have asked both teams to refrain from commenting all the investigation is ongoing.
The NBA is looking into whether or not the the Purple and Gold team had illegally contacted Paul George, according to Peter Vescey. “An independent law firm” is reportedly interviewing the Lakers president Jeanie Buss, general manager Rob Pelinka and president of basketball operations Magic Johnson.
Magic Johnson has spoken publicly regarding George topic, saying that he knows he is not supposed to tamper with any player in the league. However, in the Jimmy Kimmel show episode, the Lakers president of basketball operations jokingly say that he would give a wink to George should he happen to see him.
Remember Magic's "wink wink?" pic.twitter.com/Y4mtAvgcK1
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) August 20, 2017
Magic Johnson is at the center of the investigation for tampering charges with George. Should evidences are found and the tampering has been proved, the sanction could be significant for Lakers, and could include future restrictions when the time come for them to acquire George.