Report: NBA probing possible tampering violations on Lowry, Lonzo deals
The league's probe will examine contact between the involved parties prior to the opening of the free-agency period on Aug. 2.
Lowry joined the Miami Heat earlier in the week in a sign-and-trade agreement with the Toronto Raptors, signing a three-year, $85-million contract in a deal that saw Goran Dragic and Precious Achuiwa head north of the border.
Ball left the New Orleans Pelicans for the Chicago Bulls in a similar exchange involving Tomas Satoransky, Garrett Temple, and a second-round pick. Ball signed a four-year, $85-million agreement with the Bulls.
The NBA's anti-tampering rules prohibit teams, players, and coaches from approaching players on rival clubs while contractually bounded to their respective organizations.
The league raised the maximum fine for a party found guilty of tampering two years ago to $10 million. Executives from guilty organizations can also be suspended, draft picks can be voided, and contracts can be nulled.
The Los Angeles Lakers received a $500,000 fine in 2017 - the largest in league history - after general manager Rob Pelinka was found guilty of engaging in conversations with Paul George’s agent while the player was still under contract with the Indiana Pacers.