One of the biggest stories of the summer was the Paul George trade between the Indiana Pacers and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
For weeks, it had been known that PG intended to leave the Pacers next summer. After making those intentions officially known to the team, the Pacers were quick to find a trade partner. The Thunder, however, was not the team George had in mind.
Multiple sources close to the star claimed that he was "hell-bent" on joining the Lakers and that his arrival there was all but certain. Apparently, the Lakers may have done a little more than they should have.
In a report by ESPN, Pacers owner Herb Simon has just filed charges against the Los Angeles Lakers for tampering with Paul George before his trade to OKC.
While tampering in the NBA is extremely hard to prove, it has happened on more than one occasion. Tampering is defined by the NBA as when a player or team directly or indirectly entices, induces or persuades anybody (player, general manager, coach, etc.) who is under contract with another team in order to negotiate for their services. Tampering is a serious offense and can be penalized by fines, revoking draft picks, or even by preventing a team to sign a certain player.
It's not yet known what evidence the Pacers may have against the Lakers, but it may have to do with something Magic Johnson said in April on Jimmy Kimmel Live. In a discussion with the talk show host, Johnson may have admitted to specifiaclly wanting PG live on the air.
Or maybe the Pacers uncovered another piece of evidence that points to tampering.
No matter what happens, it seems a Laker/PG union may be an inevitable ending. But if found guilty, of trying to make a move too soon, the Lakers could be in some serious trouble.