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NBA likely to analyze 76ers for tampering with P.J. Tucker

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The Knicks are expected to get penalized for tampering with Jalen Brunson.

They’re not the one team under scrutiny.

Days before free agency opened, reports said the 76ers were set to sign P.J. Tucker, who was still technically under contract with the Heat. Philadelphia’s take care of Tucker was reported one minute into free agency.

Marc Stein on his Substack:

I’m told that Philadelphia’s signing of P.J. Tucker can be prone to be placed under the investigation microscope by the league office.

Did the 76ers tamper with Tucker? Probably. Tampering is common, and there was a lot smoke before the fireplace of Philadelphia actually signing Tucker.

However the NBA can either crack down on tampering or not. Many deals were reported suspiciously soon after free agency opened. Other deals announced later were almost definitely the product of early illicit negotiations.

The league punishing some teams but not others for tampering violations just isn’t a superb solution.

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