Just months after one of the biggest offseasons in NBA history involving player movement, the NBA’s board of governors approved a number of new measures to punish tampering and ducking salary cap rules.
A host of adjustments to tampering penalties have now been made including, the league having the ability to fine teams for up to $10 million for tampering, taking away draft picks and executive suspensions. Additionally, some new countermeasures to dissuade tampering have been introduced including random auditing of a front office’s communications with teams, players and agents.
"We had, I think, a very healthy discussion on those issues," Adam Silver said Friday in New York after the new measures were passed. "Certainly the provisions passed unanimously, and there was a strong view, I think, of every single person in the room that we need to ensure that we're creating a culture of compliance in this league and that our teams want to know that they're competing on a level playing field and frankly don't want to feel disadvantaged if they are adhering to our existing rules.
"The ultimate goal here is to ensure compliance and to ensure that there's that appropriate tension that exists at the team. So there is sort of a significant threat that if a team doesn't comply, that there will be consequences."
The Celtics were one of the many teams in the spotlight this season when it came to suffering the repercussions of possible tampering. While there were plenty of rumors swirling around Kyrie Irving’s intention to leave Boston for Brooklyn just weeks after the season ended, the bigger hit to the Celtics may have come with the moves of a rival.