NBA Deep State to investigate Sixers for ‘tampering’ with James Harden, 2022 free agents
In what should have came as shocking news to absolutely no one, Adrian Wojnarowski reported late last night that the NBA is investigating the Philadelphia 76ers for “possible tampering and early contact centered on the franchise’s summer free agency class of James Harden, PJ Tucker, and Danuel House.
What seemed to many like an off-season of solid business by Daryl Morey was apparently anything but in the eyes of Party Secretary Adam Silver. The Liberty Line has long stated that the NBA and Adam Silver, in joint ordinance with the Deep State, hate Morey, the 76ers, and The Process.
According to Woj, the NBA Deep State still has it out for the Sixers:
So here’s the latest from the bottom feeders at the NBA and why there’s an investigation…
NBA Free Agency’s official start date and time was 6PM on June 30th. Within the first minutes of free agency, both PJ Tucker and Danuel House were both singed by the Philadelphia 76ers.
PJ Tucker agreed to a three-year $33.2 million contract with the 76ers and Danuel House agreed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract.
Tucker was coming to Philadelphia on the standard mid-level exception, while House joined on the bi-annual exception. That was made possible due to the fact that James Harden ultimately declined his player option of $47.4 million and then weeks later, agreed on a two-year $68.6M deal, including a player option to return to the 76ers.
Why am I not surprised?
The NBA wants to know how that timeline of events was able to happen just minutes into free agency. Basically, they are casting doubt that the 76ers and James Harden didn’t already have this entire thing ironed out before they are technically allowed to have those types of discussions.
Honestly, that makes sense but I hardly find it worth investigating. What about every other NBA team that announced free agent signings within MINUTES of free agency? Are we really going to pretend that talks don’t happen beforehand and the 76ers were the only ones that were doing that?
Adam Silver’s NBA has had a hard-on for the Sixers since the firing of Process Chief Engineer Sam Hinkie, and it’s gotten even more ridiculous over the years. Just look around the league, and you’ll see every other team has done what the Sixers did, some in an even more shameless fashion.
This “early contact” thing is total bullshit and nothing more. Jalen Brunson signing with the New York Knicks was reported three days ahead of free agency opening, and the league office didn’t bat an eye.
Anyways, the league has done this before, and the 76ers might get a slap on the hand and lose a future second round pick. We have seen this happen to the Heat and the Chicago Bulls just last season.
Side Note: You know it’s bad when we are agreeing with the Miami Heat.
Both the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat lost a second round pick.
“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. These determinations followed investigations into free agency discussions engaged in by the Bulls with respect to Lonzo Ball and by the Heat with respect to Kyle Lowry.”
A year before the Heat and Bulls got hit from the NBA, the Bucks went through the same issue and “violated league rules governing the timing of free agency” when they wanted to pull a Bogdan Bogdanovic sign-and-trade.
It happens all of the time. Some teams get penalized, others do not. Then of course, you have the good old fashioned tankathon teams, which still, the 76ers are the only ones ever criticized for doing.
The sheer hypocrisy of the league trying to undercut a franchises that tanked for a standard period of time while the OKC Thunder currently have 38 total draft picks over the next nine years is ridiculous. A team that made the playoffs in the bubble in 2020 can’t do that without losing on purpose and dumping talented players for picks.
Whatever, they hate The Process. I can live with that to a degree. But now the league wants to pin tampering charges on the Sixers on top of everything else they’ve done? Yeah, that’s simply ridiculous.
Daryl Morey is China’s least-favorite GM after his tweets about Hong Kong years ago, and I have no doubt this influences the Sixers’ treatment by the league.
Let’s review the facts:
NBA owners have $10B in China-connected investments. Plus, NBA China itself is worth around $5B.
When you combine those numbers with 1.5 billion diehard basketball fans – none of whom can legally watch the Sixers play – you start to see why the NBA Deep State exists to do the bidding of the CCP and President Xi.
Stars throughout history have taken less money to make room for new signings. It’s called having a winning attitude. Kevin Durant did that when he signed with Golden State, and there was no investigation. Hell, Draymond Green even admitted to begging him to sign there immediately after losing to LeBron and the Cavs in the 2016 Finals.
So why does the league do this? Because the NBA Deep State is real. It’s coming for you, the Sixers, and everything this city holds dear. That’s why.
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