The Los Angeles Lakers recently called an organizational meeting warning all employees about possible tampering ahead of a free-agent signing period in which they are expected to play a key role, with the ability to sign two superstars, sources with knowledge of the meeting told ESPN.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 21, 2018
Shelburne noted employees were even warned of potential termination if they do not follow the league’s rules.
The Lakers have been punished twice by the NBA for tampering in the past year, and as one team source put it, “We are under incredible scrutiny with everything, so Jeanie and [Johnson] had to make this crystal, crystal clear to everyone.”
NBA rules prohibit teams from negotiating with free agents until midnight on July 1.