The NBA is investigating the charges but no wrongdoing has been found to date. The NBA is using the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz to probe the matter, the league said in a statement released Sunday. The Lakers have been cooperative and, at this point, no findings have been made. "We have asked both teams to refrain from commenting while the investigation is ongoing", the league said.
When the veteran small forward previously made the Pacers aware of his intention to opt out of his contract with the Eastern Conference franchise, George reportedly told IN that his preferred landing spot was the heralded Lakers.
The Lakers, Johnson and George were hardly shy about expressing their mutual admiration. IN dealt George to Oklahoma City in exchange for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis on June 30.
Should George ultimately join the Lakers, the four-time All-Star would immediately bolster a franchise in the midst of a lengthy rebuild coming off four straight seasons with fewer than 30 wins.
Back in June, the cat was let out of the bag that George prefers to end up playing in Los Angeles after his agent informed the Pacers that he was leaving town after this season. Within an hour of an initial report about George's intentions to leave the team, Johnson tweeted "God is good!", which had fans, analysts and conspiracy theorists contemplating tampering. "I had to go to CBA school, salary cap school and tampering school", he said with a laugh.
If the National Basketball Association were to find evidence that the Lakers had engaged in a side agreement with George, he could be prohibited from signing a free-agent deal with the team or being part of any future trade to the Lakers. Technically, any time a team makes contact with a player outside this allotted time they are committing tampering.