The league is currently investigating whether the reported transaction violates its tamper protection rules, according to the person who was not empowered to publicly discuss the investigation. The N.B.A. will try to see if the goats and kings as ESPN first reported early Tuesday, had already reached an agreement on a sign-and-trade agreement that would bring Bogdanovic into the money – a few days before the free-agent discussions were allowed to begin.
The Bucks and the Kings declined to comment.
Adam Silver, the N.B.A. Commissioner who pledged in September 2019 that the league would enforce its anti-tampering rules tougher after numerous free agent deals were released in June 2019 within minutes of the free agency’s start, suggesting it was pre-negotiated had been. The maximum penalty for a tampering violation has been increased from $ 5 million to $ 10 million and has been set to $ 6 million for teams that have entered into unauthorized agreements with players.
Goran Dragic stays with the Miami Heat.
Dragic told The Associated Press that he had agreed to a two-year contract staying with the Miami Heat after leading the team to the N.B.A. Final last season.
“I’m glad to be back,” Dragic told the A.P. “That was my plan to come back, but in this crazy business, you never know.”
Dragic, 34, had a great season in Miami, averaging 16.2 points and 5.1 assists – mostly off the bench. He was a great starter in the postseason, averaging 19.1 points per game when the heat took a deep run in the bladder. But he injured his foot in game 1 of the N.B.A. The final and his absence from the point guard went a long way toward derailing the Heat’s title hopes against the Los Angeles Lakers.
What does Klay Thompson’s injury mean for the warriors?
Bob Myers, the general manager of the Warriors, recalled receiving the bad news from one of Thompson’s agents. It came in the form of an SMS:
Klay could have injured himself. Call me.
It was just hours before Wednesday’s draft, and the news quickly spread among Thompson’s teammates and friends in the League, as well as fans who’d chosen the Warriors to put the pieces back together for another title hunt this season were needed.
But that calculation had changed by Thursday when tests showed Thompson – one of the great shooters of his generation and a key tooth in three championship runs – would do so miss the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon while training in Southern California.