Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 – 11:12 AM
The NBA has opened an investigation into alleged tampering by the Los Angeles Lakers involving Paul George at the request of his former team, the Indiana Pacers, a league executive said Sunday.
“The Lakers have been cooperative and, at this point, no findings have been made,” said Mike Bass, the NBA’s executive vice president, communications. “We have asked both teams to refrain from commenting while the investigation is ongoing.”
The independent investigation is being conducted by the New York City- based law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Bass said.
Alison Bogli, the Lakers director, media relations issued a statement confirming “that we are cooperating fully with the NBA in the hope of clearing our name as soon as possible.”
George, a Palmdale native, has long expressed interest in playing for the Lakers. The four-time all-star was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder on July 6 and could become a free agent following the 2017-18 season.