Nov 24, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) loses control of the ball while being defended by Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford (15) and guard Anthony Morrow (22) during the first half at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Josh D. Weiss-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Hawks May Be Hit With Tampering Charges By the NBA

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.

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