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Lakers fined $50000 for Magic Johnson tampering with Giannis Antetokounmpo

Lakers fined $50000 for Magic Johnson tampering with Giannis Antetokounmpo

The league's statement referred to unspecified comments by president of basketball operations Magic Johnson about Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo.

"Oh yeah", Johnson told ESPN.

That would hardly be considered recruitment or tampering under normal circumstances, but the National Basketball Association apparently wanted to send the message that Johnson should refrain from commenting on players on other teams in any capacity or face more fines.

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The Milwaukee Bucks will have a point guard shortage for the next month following a severe ankle sprain suffered by Matthew Dellavedova. So when you think about all the skills that he has, block shots, rebound, can put the ball on the floor, can score, can assist, can make the pass. "That's where we [have the] same thing", Johnson was quoted as saying. Can bring it down, make a pass, make a play.

But now, we're apparently supposed to question whether the Lakeshow even wants him in the first place. "He's an entertainer so people will go see him". The team had to pay $500,000 in August after the National Basketball Association said an investigation produced evidence of contact between general manager Rob Pelinka and Paul George's agent after a previous warning about tampering. This most recent fine, however, is based on a less obvious aspect of the anti-tampering rule, which, according to Larry Coon's CBA FAQ, states that the only allowed response for general managers and team personnel when discussing players under contract with another team is to decline comment. For almost a year, the new Lakers front office, led by president Magic Johnson, has been gearing up for the loaded 2018 NBA Free Agency class which will be headlined by LeBron James, Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins, among others. A source at ESPN said that the fine from the National Basketball Association came because of the comments made in that article. The Lakers were also fined a couple years ago for Johnson - who then held a ceremonial front-office role - tweeting about the team pursuing LeBron James, Kevin Durant and DeMar DeRozan.

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