Don’t Contact Chris Paul, League Warns

July 28th, 2010 by S.N. Counsel Leave a reply »

NBA officials issued a memorandum to all teams on Tuesday warning them against communicating with Chris Paul or his representatives about a possible trade. According to the memorandum, such communications would be a violation of league rules unless the New Orleans Hornets authorized them.  

The memorandum also lists possible punishment for having such communications: "[S]uspension of the offending person, prohibition of the offending team from hiring the person being tampered with, forfeiture of draft picks and individual and/or team fines of up to $5 million."

The NBA's warning comes on the heels of a meeting between Paul and Hornets team officials, where Paul indicated that he was happy with the direction the team was going. The meeting took place after Paul expressed his interest in being traded if the Hornets did not demonstrate a willingness to be competitive.  Paul has also been the subject of various trade rumors in the past month. 

The memorandum speaks volumes about the NBA's concern about tampering.  It is unusual for the NBA to specifically name a player in its communications about league rules. The NBA ...

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