The NBA seems to be upset about how teams handle the tampering rules during free agency, but where does the NBA draw the line? Lakers Talk’s Allen Sliwa, thinks the league needs to take a definitive stance.
“Either you enforce it or you don’t enforce,” said Sliwa on the Lakers Nation Podcast on CLNS Media. “I think the entire NBA has been very lenient on free agency and tampering and talking with players and all that stuff. I think there’s this middle ground where nobody knows how much the NBA really cares.
“The only way it’s gonna change is if teams are reprimanded for reaching out before free agency starts. If agents are warned, if players are warned, and if teams are warned that if you do this there’s gonna be repercussions, and then you actually stick it to those teams that don’t cooperate with the rules.”
Host Trevor Lane had a different mindset.
“The more I think about this, the more I lean on the “don’t” side,” said Lane, “Just because the logistics of trying to enforce this and the kind of “Big Brother-esque” situation that you put yourself into if you’re going to try to enforce it. I think it’s tough and I think it’s a bit of a slippery slope.
“Realistically, you can never enforce tampering amongst players. Players are gonna talk to each other about their playing situation, about the team that they’re with, about what they like, what they don’t like, and all of that.”
It’s absolutely a tricky situation that the NBA has to clean up on its own, but I think Allen Sliwa said it best: “I don’t care one way or the other. As long as every team is doing the same thing.”