The Indiana Pacers have filed tampering charges against the Los Angeles Lakers, according to a report from noted basketball writer Peter Vecsey.
“NBA investigating Lakers for purported tampering with Paul George,” Vecsey tweeted. “Independent law firm handling interviews of Jeanie Buss, Magic Johnson.”
George is set to enter free agency at the end of the season and the All-Star forward informed the Pacers he planned to not re-sign. Reports indicated George wanted to join the Lakers. He has since been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he will team with reigning league MVP Russell Westbrook.
The tampering charges were filed by Pacers owner Herb Simon, according to Vecsey, a longtime NBA columnist with the New York Post and member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Vecsey added that the independent firm hired by the league is in the “midst of a comprehensive investigation regarding the seemingly apparent impropriety, which might last three weeks or longer, according to a source.”