NBA Reportedly Revises Tampering Guidelines, Creates Hotline to Report Violators

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistSeptember 27, 2019

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver arrives at the NBA Awards on Monday, June 24, 2019, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
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The NBA has reportedly made some adjustments to its rules in an attempt to prevent tampering.

Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the league sent a memo to all 30 teams informing them of new tampering guidelines that include players being unable to induce other players to request a trade and the creation of a hotline for "teams and others with information to anonymously report potential violations":

During meetings in New York last week, the NBA board of governors unanimously approved stricter penalties for tampering violations.

"We need to ensure that we're creating a culture of compliance in this league," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. "Our teams want to know that they're competing on a level playing field and frankly don't want to feel disadvantaged if they are adhering to our existing rules."

Tampering was a hot topic around the league following a flurry of agreements as soon as the free-agency moratorium period opened at 6 p.m. ET June 30.

Per ESPN's Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst, the NBA began an investigation in July following "a tense owners meeting" in Las Vegas.

The rule change about players being unable to induce other players to demand trades seems like a direct result of the Kawhi Leonard-Paul George situation.

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Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers told Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times the team presented Leonard with a list of stars it could pursue: "He just stayed on Paul George, so after the meeting we sat down and I said: 'We got to get Paul George. I don't know how we are going to do it, but we have to do it.'"

The Clippers landed George in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder and signed Leonard.

Just this week, the NBA issued a $50,000 fine to the Milwaukee Bucks after general manager Jon Horst said publicly the team intends to offer Giannis Antetokounmpo a supermax extension next summer.

Taking additional precautions to try to ensure teams and players operate within the rules is a smart course of action for the NBA given the frequency of movement throughout the league.