The Chicago Bulls Are Under Investigation For Tampering Due to the Lonzo Ball Sign-and-Trade

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The Chicago Bulls Are Under Investigation For Tampering Due to the Lonzo Ball Sign-and-Trade

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Six days after the start of NBA free agency, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported multiple teams are being investigated for tampering violations, including the Chicago Bulls.

The very first deal announced on Monday night was the Bulls sign-and-trade acquisition for Lonzo Ball. An intricate deal, the Chicago Bulls sent out Tomas Satoransky, Garrett Temple, and a second-round pick in exchange for Ball on a four-year $85 million contract.

The Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors are also reportedly under investigation for their quick trigger on the Kyle Lowry sign-and-trade. We first learned that Miami was the heavy favorite for Lowry the night before free agency thanks to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

In 2019, the NBA decided to crack down even harder on tampering violations. The largest fine a team can now receive is $10 million. Draft picks can also be taken away, executives can be suspended, and deals can be voided altogether.

The chance of the NBA refusing Ball’s move to Chicago feels very unlikely, but anything else feels in the realm of possibility. The organization could receive a hefty fine, and the Bulls might see themselves stripped of yet another draft pick.

Milwaukee found themselves in this situation the last offseason after a failed sign-and-trade agreement with Bogdan Bogdanovic. The violation ended up costing the Bucks a 2022 second-round pick. To be clear, the NBA did not void the transaction, but Bogdanovic rather backed out himself to pursue restricted free agency (where ultimately signed a four-year $72 million deal with Atlanta).

Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.