The NBA is reportedly investigating the Philadelphia 76ers for possible tampering. Former Jazzman Danuel House Jr. is involved

In this May, 2022 file photo, Miami Heat forward P.J. Tucker, right, looks for an opening past Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden (1) during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series. The 76ers are reportedly under NBA investigation regarding the signing of Tucker during free agency.

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The NBA continues to try and enforce the tampering rule. The latest possible offender: the Philadelphia 76ers.

According to a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday night, the NBA has “opened an investigation” examining the possibility that the 76ers made early contact and possibly tampered when agreeing to deals with free agents James Harden, P.J. Tucker and Danuel House Jr.

NBA’s expected to pursue circumstances surrounding Harden declining $47M option to sign a 1+1 deal that cut salary to $33M and gave team more flexibility to sign Tucker and House. Some have wondered if another deal was already in place for future — which is against CBA rules.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 29, 2022

According to Wojnarowksi, the crux of the investigation centers on Harden declining his then-$47 million player option in order to sign a more team friendly $33 million deal.

That pay cut enabled Philadelphia to sign both Tucker — one of the more desired 3-and-D players in the NBA — and House in free agency.

If Harden’s new deal was agreed upon prior to June 30, and if either Tucker or House communicated with Philadelphia before free agency opened, then …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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