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NBA has advanced its tampering investigation of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Lowry sign-and-trade deals, per report

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The league initially launched a probe into both deals on August 7, after it had been rumored for weeks that Ball would land with the Bulls and Lowry would play for the Heat, both in sign-and-trade scenarios. The Lowry deal, including the players who would be involved in the sign-and-trade, was reported the night before free agency began, hinting that the Heat were illegally contacting teams and agents to get a deal in place. Per ESPN:

“The NBA has conducted numerous interviews with team executives and player agents and have gathered electronic messaging of front office executives of four teams – Chicago, New Orleans, Miami and Toronto – over the past three months, sources said. The league could reveal its findings and any penalties in the near future.”

Tampering in the NBA is something that the league has been trying to get a better handle on, but it hasn’t always been the easiest to enforce as the punishment isn’t incredibly detrimental. In the most extreme of cases, if the league finds tampering with a specific deal, the contracts of that deal could be voided, though that is unlikely to happen in both of these situations, according to Wojnarowski.

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