Stein: I know the Bucks fans are upset, but I don’t think the decision to field their team in the second round of the league in 2022 in the wake of Milwaukee’s failed attempt to court Bogdan Bogdanovic is such a mystery. For all the league’s shortcomings in policing and to curb tampering, it has been consistent in punishing violations. In this case, the violations were largely serious.
These were not just grumbles or assumptions about free-agent conversations that many of us suspect are leaking before they happen. The league opened an investigation in response to a detailed news report about the five-player deal with the Bucks and the Sacramento Kings, with Bogdanovic, a restricted free agent, landing in Milwaukee – about four days before free agency was scheduled to begin.
The league took action again on Monday when it fined Daryl More as Philadelphia’s new president of basketball operations, congratulating James Harden on a statistical milestone for a seemingly harmless tweet of $ 50,000 He hit a time when Morey was still his general manager in Houston. It does not matter whether the social media post was automated or accidental, as ESPN told Morey to the league office. More the fact that Morey has “discussed” publicly another team player lined him up for a penalty.
Bucks fans have asked me: what about all the teams that have tried to recruit Giannis Antetokompo behind the curtain? My retort: Do we have proof? If there was a detailed news report in vogue about a specific team doing so – or if the text message Antetokonampo allegedly received from players from other teams was changed in the league – I’m sure the offending clubs Penalty will be imposed. But no such evidence has been revealed in the public domain. It’s not like the Bucks are just rule breakers. Other teams have been better at hiding it.
Milwaukee or Sacramento wanted this stuff out there, it went out. The two were acting as if they had a deal even though Bogdanovic insisted that he never agreed to anything. The league was not allowed to go.
Even though the league announced in September 2019 that it would set up a new institute of new anti-tampering rules to clamp down on practice, there is still much to be fixed to fix it, we still did in the early hours of free agency How many deals have you seen on 20 November? But the league’s stance on this, in the words of its general counsel Rick Buchanan, is that Milwaukee had to approve the introduction of independent agency for “gun-jumping”.
There is considerable doubt about Commissioner Adam Silver’s claim that the punishment would “serve as an obvious deterrent to other teams”, as throughout the episode technically only Milwaukee has future second-round picks. Yet it is true that the league’s decision to compulsorily investigate gave any chance for Bogdanovic to revive a deal – someone, by all accounts, wanted to play Antetokonampo badly.