Sources told Wojnarowski that “the probe will examine illegal contact among teams and players ahead of free agency on Monday at 6 p.m. ET.” The Miami Heat’s decision to pick up the team option on Goran Dragic’s contract was widely seen as a precursor to the trade for Lowry.
In 1996, the NBA voided the Heat’s signing of Juwan Howard for miscalculating salary cap space — not tampering. Pat Riley quipped that he “spent the weekend at my proctologist’s trying to remove the NBA’s 17-foot pole out of my rear end.”
ESPN NBA front office insider Bobby Marks said that he doesn’t believe trades will get voided, but that penalties will definitely be more severe than the Milwaukee Bucks’ loss of a 2022 first-round pick when an NBA investigation revealed Milwaukee had discussions with Bogdan Bogdanović and his agent before free agency began.
I don’t believe that the trades will get voided if the parties are guilty of wrongdoing.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) August 7, 2021
However, the penalties will definitely be more severe than what we saw last year with Milwaukee. https://t.co/DPDYeSpIOW
The NBA’s investigation could also clear Miami of wrongdoing, in which case this story would become a footnote.