NBA forfeits two 76ERS draft nominations for tampering violations
The National Basketball Association has disciplined the Philadelphia 76ers for violating the tamping (pre-contact) rules.
The NBA Secretariat announced on the 1st (Korea Standard Time) that it will deprive the 76ers of two nominations for the second round of the 2023 and 2024 draft.
NBA said the investigation confirmed that the 76ers contacted P.J. Tucker and Daniel House Jr. in advance before the period when negotiations were allowed.
They said the Philadelphia club fully cooperated with the investigation.
Earlier in July, local media, including “ESPN,” said NBA is investigating whether it is tamping the Philadelphia club. At the time, the focus of the investigation was James Harden, who agreed to a two-year, $68 million contract, but only the names of other players were mentioned in the announcement.
The NBA is imposing fines of up to $10 million for tampering, suspension of qualifications for club executives, deprivation of draft nomination rights, and, in the worst case, invalidation of contracts.
Earlier in the 2022 draft, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Miami Heat failed to exercise their second-round nomination rights on charges of tampering violations.