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NBA 2021: NBA removes draft picks from Bulls and Heat for violating tampering rules by signing Kyle Lowry and Lonzo Ball

NBA 2021 League punishes Miami and Chicago for breaking free agency rules

Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls will lose a second-round draft pick for violating free agency rules.

TAfter nearly four months of investigation into the Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, and Toronto managers, the announced on Wednesday that it Draft picks removed from Bulls and Heat for breaking free agency rules signing Lonzo Ball and Kyle Lowry, respectively.

The NBA had begun its investigation on August 7, as they mentioned that there was contacts prior to the start of the legal free agent scoring period, which was August 2, with free agency officially opening on the 6th.

The Bulls announced on the same August 2, in the early hours of the ‘legal’ window, that they had a deal for Lonzo Ball., but it was not a direct signing, but a signing and transfer agreement after agreeing for 4 years and 85 million with the New Orleans Pelicans, who received in exchange Tomas Satoransky, Garrett Temple and second-round selections in 2022 and 2024.

That same day, Miami announced a similar move by Lowry, who signed for 3 years and 85 million with Toronto before being traded to the Heat by Precious Achiuwa and Goran Dragic.

The league reviewed the communications of the four teams involved, considering that these signing and handover agreements were made too early for the complexity they often have, so there could be illegal communications prior to the established window. If it was only free agency contracts, they will be allowed., although it seems that the league turns a blind eye in these cases in which signings are announced in the first minutes after the tampering window was opened, which would indicate prior communications but with free agents, not with players under contract at another club.

The NBA had implemented tougher penalties for violating the tampering period after that Kawhi Leonard to leave Toronto to sign for Clippers in 2019. As a result, Miami and Chicago will lose their next available second-round pick; the Heat will lose one in 2022 and the Bulls until 2023, due to a series of previous moves.

Penalty on Heat and Bulls It is the same that the league applied to the Bucks, when they tried unsuccessfully to sign Bogdan Bogdanovic, who ended up signing for the Atlanta Hawks and jettisoned a multi-team deal that he was going to send to Milwaukee.


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