But short of stripping draft picks or prohibiting Los Angeles from signing George, every penalty was going to seem tolerable for the Lakers. Not even the maximum allowable fine – $5 million, per the NBA’s constitution – would have shocked the system.
Did the Pacers – who requested the NBA’s investigation and since traded George to the Thunder for a paltry return – approve of the penalty? Pacers owner Herb Simon was considering suing the NBA and Lakers, according to Peter Vecsey.
It’s a little odd the Pacers responded so strongly to an isolated report from a rumormonger. I certainly don’t mind them setting the record straight, but most teams would just let an erroneous report like that pass by.
I wonder whether the Pacers regret initiating the investigation. Everyone tampers, and now the Pacers will be under the microscope. They might be the one team that can’t tamper for a bit. This statement could be an attempt to remove the counterproductive badge of being the team that broke ranks to complain about tampering.