Looks like the Atlanta Hawks are in trouble with the NBA for tampering with free agents Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. Here’s what happened according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Hawks may have violated the NBA’s anti-tampering policy by mentioning Dwight Howard and Chris Paul by name in a recent letter sent to prospective ticket buyers.
The letter, obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, was sent via email by a member of the ticket-sales department. It was on team letterhead and headlined “Hot New Player news: Chris Paul and Dwight Howard.” It began with the statement: “The buzz around our offseason is more than heating up. With massive cap space, 4 draft picks, and free agency rapidly approaching, we sit in the best position in the NBA. Player interest is skyrocketing as the possibilities of landing Chris Paul & Dwight Howard become more and more of a reality.”
This isn’t the first time the Hawks have been hit with a tampering fine dating back to 2010 when part-owner Michael Gearon mentioned Lebron James. The franchise was fined $25K, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if the fine doubled.
Will this affect Paul’s and Howard’s decision as free agents if they decide to come to Atlanta? Unlikely. This is just a slip-up from a Hawks employee.