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September 21, 2019
The NBA Board of Governors passed a stricter package of measures to enforce compliance with tampering and salary cap circumvention.
Commissioner Adam Silver said the provisions passed unanimously, and that all options are on the table to put a halt to inappropriate behavior.
Silver said the “ultimate goal (of the new rules) is compliance.” Silver added that fining teams can often be the least effective avenue to enforce compliance said the league is instead willing to suspend executives, take away draft picks and void contracts for teams that do not comply with the new anti-tampering rules.
The NBA also proposed significantly raising maximum fine amounts for violations regarding tampering and cap circumvention in hopes of preventing both. The maximum fine for tampering with a player or team personnel would bump from $5 million to $10 million, per the proposal, and fines for unauthorized agreements could extend as high as $6 million for a team or $250,000 for an individual player.
Tampering became a hot topic again this summer after several deals including Kevin Durant’s four-year deal with Brooklyn hit the media within minutes of teams legally being allowed to negotiate them, while most of free agency was finished within 24 hours.