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The Bulls and Heat will forfeit a second-round pick due to rule violations

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Both the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat will forfeit a second-round pick for violating league rules last offseason. In a continued attempt to neutralize “under the table” dealings across the league, the NBA has submitted efforts towards disciplining teams for operating outside regulations. NBA writer Tim Reynolds broke the news earlier Tuesday afternoon.

“The NBA announced today that the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat each violated league rules governing the timing of this season�s free agency discussions and that the league has directed that each team�s next available second-round draft pick be forfeited.”

Tim Reynolds

In Chicago’s case, their acquisition of Lonzo Ball stirred some controversy. News of the trade between the Bulls and Pelicans broke minutes after free agency opened. Similarly, Miami acquired Kyle Lowry from the Raptors in a sign-and-trade deal. These moves raised some eyebrows in the league’s front office. The powers that be then decided to investigate both matters, which led us to this ultimate verdict.

The NBA’s crackdown on tampering

In recent years, the NBA has made a concerted effort to halt tampering across the association. Their methods include fining teams and league executives, as well as forcing teams to forfeit draft picks. The results haven’t shown their pursuit to bear much fruit, unfortunately. Though it has garnered some traction, players and teams have continued negotiating outside the league’s allotted window. In addition, players have continued to discuss among themselves.

This past Summer, players who participated in the Olympics opened up on that very topic. Reportedly, Draymond Green tried to recruit other Olympians to Golden State. Before the draft, news came out about LeBron James and Anthony Davis meeting with Russell Westbrook before the trade between the Lakers and Wizards happened.

Each of these instances went unpunished, as most believe they should have. All evidence points to the league’s anti-tampering rules being ill-effective and unnecessary. That said, these things can and will likely evolve over time.

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