NBA begins investigation into the New York Knicks over anti-tampering policy

 | August 4, 2022

The league believes the team might've had early conversations with Jalen Brunson.

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Investigations across all major sports continue with the latest being in the NBA. League officials are in process of investigating the New York Knicks over the recently acquired Jalen Brunson.

The rule states that teams weren’t allowed to make contact with an agent or a player to discuss a deal prior to 6 PM ET on June 30. Brunson was signed by the Knicks that very night.

He agreed to a four-year $104m deal and has several ties to the Knicks organization. For example, the team President Leon Rose was a former player agent that represented Brunson’s father.

Rose also represented Jalen Brunson at the beginning of his career and Rick Brunson (Jalen’s father) was recently hired as a Knicks assistant.

Jalen Brunson, 25, is coming off of a big season that saw him average 16.3 points and 4.8 assists per game. He was essentially the second option in Dallas, right behind Luka Doncic.

He was vital in helping the Mavericks get to the Western Conference Finals, where they lost to the Golden State Warriors.

The New York Knicks aren’t the only team that the NBA is investigating either. On Friday of last week, the NBA opened an investigation into the Philadelphia 76ers as well.

Sources told ESPN that Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey has already begun answering questions from league attorneys.

Last season the NBA stripped the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat each of a second-round pick for early contact with free agents Lonzo Ball and Kyle Lowry.

Prior to the 2020 season, the Milwaukee Bucks were stripped of a 2022 second-round pick due to tampering charges in connection with Bogdan Bogdanovic.

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