According to reports, the Philadelphia 76ers were fined for their transactions with PJ Tucker and Danuel House Jr. in the off-season.
The 76ers have been punished for two selections in the 2023 and 2024 second rounds of the draft after the league’s investigation, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, revealed that tampering efforts were legitimate.
The 76ers apparently held talks with the players before the start of the free agency period. This was revealed on Monday afternoon. The league’s free agency regulations are clearly broken by this.
Following this news, the 76ers also issued the following statement:
“The Philadelphia 76ers acknowledged the NBA’s decision and gave its inquiry their full cooperation. Moving forward, we are concentrated on the upcoming season.”
In relation to James Harden’s questionable pay cut decision and his new two-year deal, the 76ers were also under scrutiny. Charania, though, denied any misconduct in that respect.
The 76ers made a wise choice by bringing in Tucker and House because they were both previous colleagues of Harden’s with the Houston Rockets. The league, however, immediately expressed suspicion about the deals.
The Philadelphia 76ers will enter the 2019 draught with a little less draught capital than usual after losing two second-round selections.
However, Philadelphia will still have a second-round selection in 2023, according to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. Through the Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks, or Charlotte Hornets, it will be a “favorable pick.”
After a sluggish start to the season, the Philadelphia 76ers are picking up steam
The Philadelphia 76ers entered this season with high hopes after a busy offseason. The 76ers seemed to have a strong lineup with Tyrese Maxey, Joel Embiid, and James Harden.
James Harden performed admirably on an individual level, but the club struggled to win in its first five games of the season. Their sluggish attacking rhythm and weak defensive rotations may be to blame for this.
Positively, the team’s winning streak now stands at three games after their 118-111 victory over the Washington Wizards.
After a four-game road trip, the squad will be trying to maintain the momentum and get above.500 when they return home.
House inked a contract of $8.4 million over two years and $30 million for Tucker. Because star guard James Harden declined his $47.4 million option.
He agreed to be paid around $14.5 million less this next season to allow the 76ers chances in signing players. The Sixers were able to sign Tucker to the entire mid-level exception and House to the bi-annual exception.
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