76ers found guilty of tampering in free agency, stripped of 2023 and 2024 second rounders | News, scores, highlights, stats and rumours

76ers found guilty of tampering in free agency, stripped of 2023 and 2024 second rounders | News, scores, highlights, stats and rumours

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The NBA announced On Monday, he dealt the Philadelphia 76ers their second-round picks in 2023 and 2024.

The league determined the Sixers violated tampering rules while pursuing PJ Tucker and Danuel House Jr. in free agency. The Sixers began dealing with both players before the window to do so opened.

“The Philadelphia 76ers fully cooperated with the NBA’s investigation and acknowledge the league’s decision,” the Sixers said. said in a statement. “We are moving forward, focused on next season.”

Meanwhile, the league confirmed the sixers didn’t break any rules when they re-signed james harden aa two years, $68.6 million agreement

Harden accepted less money in the short term — turning down a $47.4 million player option — and ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski reported in July that some in the NBA were questioning whether the two sides already had a “handshake agreement on a future contract.”

Every NBA offseason, the running joke is always the number of deals that are reported moments after the free agent trading window opens. Find concrete evidence of manipulation it’s not easybut it’s something league officials have clearly identified as a priority.

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The Sixers have become the fourth team in the past 24 months to lose a second-round pick as a result of the trade, joining the Bucks, Heat and Bulls, as the league has started to be more aggressive in penalizing these first contacts. between teams and free agents.

Losing two second-rounders isn’t a massive blow to Philadelphia. Draft picks, especially those outside of the first round, have limited value to a team with championship aspirations.

The penalty also isn’t so punitive that it gives the Sixers an incentive to avoid dealing again in pursuit of their free agent goals.

The current collective agreement between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association expires after the 2023-24 season, and either side can opt out before Dec. 15. With a new CBA ready this summer, this could be a topic of discussion at the negotiating table. .

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