According to a memo sent by the NBA, and obtained by ESPN, there is a proposal for the top fine for tampering to go up to $10 million. After last season was dominated by the Lakers implosion after the Anthony Davis trade request fiasco, Adam Silver realized this will only get worse seems this is the way the League Office has decided to go.
The memo addresses “widespread perception that many of the league’s rules are being broken on a frequent basis” when it comes to tampering, salary-cap matters and the timing of free-agency discussions. Once again, we see it is the increased talk and the way things are done that bother the NBA.
In the first 90 minutes of free agency this summer, at least $1.4 billion in contracts were committed to across the league. If you are going to tamper, at least be smart about it.
The main problem with tampering rules is – how do you enforce them? The NBA would have to turn into a police state and monitor everything to be sure two players aren’t talking about joining up forces while playing Fortnite. It is impossible to fully enforce it. That doesn’t mean they can’t try and alongside the increase in fines, here is what is being proposed. (via ESPN)
A requirement that a team report, within 24 hours, any instance of an agent or player representative asking for a benefit that is not allowed under the salary cap or collective bargaining agreement (“unauthorized benefits”)
A requirement that teams preserve communications with players and their agents for one year
New channels for teams and team employees to anonymously report rules violations or tampering
Prohibiting players from inducing players under contract to request trades
A proposal to conduct investigatory audits of five randomly selected teams each year to assess compliance with system rules
This has limited potential, but it seems the final goal isn’t to prevent tampering at all, but just to control the public nature and the extent of it in the past few years. It will work as much as Adam Silver will be willing to fine teams and players.