NBA to Teams: Stop Tampering

Amidst the Chris Paul fiasco, the League felt it necessary to remind its teams that tampering is totally not cool. Or something. From ESPN: “The NBA unexpectedly issued a memorandum to its teams to remind them about the league’s tampering regulations and specifically to warn them against illegal contact with Chris Paul, has learned. The memo, circulated Tuesday by the league office, states that ‘no team should be having communications with Chris Paul or his agent or representative about a potential trade for Paul that have not been authorized in advance by the New Orleans Hornets.’ The memo, sources said, also threatens to punish any such communications with penalties that range from ‘suspension of the offending person, prohibition of the offending team from hiring the person being tampered with, forfeiture of draft picks and individual and/or team fines of up to $5 million.’ The NBA took the uncommon measure of actually naming a specific player in a tampering memo in the wake of various media reports in recent days that Paul’s new agent Leon Rose — who also represents Paul’s close friend LeBron James — has been urging a handful of teams to pursue trades for his client.”