Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon may be contemplating a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA after a tampering case involving Paul George, according to a new report from NBA columnist Peter Vecsey.
“A confidant of the Pacers’ long-time owner, says he plans to raise a stink at the league’s next Board of Governors meeting,” Vecsey wrote on his Patreon page (subscription required).
Vecsey then quoted a source who indicated Simon has not satisfied with the league’s punishment — a $500,000 fine of the Lakers. The source hinted that Simon could sue the NBA and Lakers “for damages.”
The Lakers received the fine after an investigation revealed general manager Rob Pelinka communicated with George’s agent during the offseason. George was still under contract with the Pacers at the time. He has since been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
He can opt out of his contract at the end of the season, and previously indicated he would be interested in joining the Lakers. While leaving the door open, George has since toned down those rumors.