Last week, the National Basketball Association (NBA) imposed the largest ever fine for violating the league’s anti-tampering policy, penalizing the Los Angeles Lakers $500,000 for general manager Rob Pelinka’s illegal contact with Paul George’s agent.
It looked like that the fine would be the end of the Lakers-George tampering saga, but in the past few days, there were NBA rumors that the Indiana Pacers were considering further legal action by filing a lawsuit case against the Los Angeles Lakers. On Wednesday, September 6, the Pacers franchise owner Herb Simon released a press statement shed lights on the issue that in fact there would be no further legal proceedings taken on the Pacers part.
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) September 6, 2017
The full statement of Indiana Pacers franchise owner Herb Simon via the team’s official Twitter account:
“Contrary to a published report, I would like to emphatically state that neither I nor the Indiana Pacers have ever considered any legal action toward the NBA or the Los Angeles Lakers regarding the recent decision and penalty concerning tampering charges. We agree with the NBA’s findings and we want to put this issue behind us. Even though the Pacers were put in a tough position, we feel extremely fortunate to end up with two exceptional players in Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. Their youth and talent, when coupled with our returning players and other players acquired over the summer, offer tremendous promise for our franchise and our fans.”
As for now, the Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers and Paul George tampering rigmarole has come to an end. Next offseason, however, the saga figures to open up all over again. We will see then if the tampering was worthwhile for the Purple and Gold team.