A large number of changes took place at the very beginning of the NBA market. Several trades have been made, and Chicago stands out for Lonzo Ball and Miami for Kyle Lowry. However, problems arose. The competent authorities of the NBA league have launched an investigation because it is suspected that the clubs started negotiations with Ball and Lowry before they had the right to do so.
We remember how Milwaukee desperately wanted Bogdan Bogdanović and how his trade in the ranks of the Bucks finally failed. The whole story was under the supervision of the NBA, and in the end, the team from Wisconsin was punished, by taking away their pick of the second round in the 2022 draft.
It is estimated that the new NBA champion negotiated with the Serbian basketball player last summer before that was actually allowed. Now the penalties threaten Chicago and Miami. New Orleans agreed to trade Ball in the Windy City for Garrett Temple and Tomas Satoransky.
The former Lakers player signed a four-year contract with the Bulls worth 85,000,000 dollars. Allowance of the league is still awaited, but judging by the latest developments, the completion of the swap deal could wait.
Kyle Lowry left Canada for Florida. He signed a three-year contract worth 85,000,000 dollars, and Miami sent Goran Dragić and Precious Achiuwa to Toronto for his services. Both teams have officially confirmed the trade, but now they are anxiously waiting for the end of the mentioned investigation.
It is therefore suspected that the management of Chicago and Miami committed the offense. That they contacted the players before the opening of the NBA market, which is strictly forbidden. The fact is that the first information about these transfers appeared after the opening of the transfer period.
Therefore, it is suspected that there were talks between Ball and Chicago, as well as Lowry and Miami, before the allowed deadline. In the previous years, the NBA league started being more strict about the penalties for teams that violate the mentioned rule, and now the penalties are heavy up to 10,000,000 dollars.
There is also the possibility of suspending the team leader, taking away picks for the draft and even canceling the contract. It is also stated that telephone reports, messages and emails of managers can be checked at random.
This could be a problem for many teams, who will certainly be more careful in the future when it comes to things like this. We remember how Milwaukee desperately wanted Bogdan Bogdanović and how his trade in the ranks of the Bucks finally failed.
The whole story was under the supervision of the NBA, and in the end, the team from Wisconsin was punished, by taking away their pick of the second round in the 2022 draft.