Lakers fined $500,000 for tampering with Paul George

Caption: March 26, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant with agent Rob Pelinka in attendance as the Oregon Ducks play against Oklahoma Sooners during the second half of the West regional final of the NCAA Tournament at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Vincent Frank
Written by Vincent Frank

That didn’t take too long. Just a week after the NBA announced that it was investigating the Los Angeles Lakers for tampering with then Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, a decision has come down.

The Association announced on Thursday that it has fined the Lakers a whopping $500,000.

“The conduct at issue involved communications by Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka with the agent representing Paul George that constituted prohibited expression of interest in a player while he was under contract,” the official announcement read.

We’re pretty sure the Pacers would rather have had the Lakers be forced to forfeit a drat pick. But a $500,000 fine is substantial when it comes to something of this ilk.

George, who is set to become a free agent next summer, has been linked to the Lakers a ton in recent months. And for his part, Pelinka is a former NBA-player agent. So he obviously has connections in that regard.

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Vincent Frank

Vincent Frank

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