Pacers owner says he will not sue Lakers, NBA over Paul George ordeal

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Earlier this week, Johnson told the Los Angeles Times that he asked owner Jeanie Buss to take the $500,000 fine out of his salary because “it’s under my watch. … I don’t want her spending $500,000 because she didn’t do anything. That’s on me.”The Lakers’ interest in George is believed to be mutual, after it was reported by The Vertical in June that Mintz informed the Pacers his client intended to opt out of his contract following next season and pursue a deal with the Lakers. That led the Pacer to field offers for the four-time All-Star, eventually sending him to the Thunder for guard Victor Oladipo and 2016 lottery pick Domantas Sabonis.“Even though the Pacers were put in a tough position,” Simon said, “we feel extremely fortunate to end up with two exceptional players in Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. Their youth and talent, when coupled with our returning players and other players acquired over the summer, offer tremendous promise for our franchise and our fans.” Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon said he is not considering legal action after the NBA fined the Lakers $500,000 for tampering with former Pacers star Paul George, who was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this summer.“We agree with the NBA’s findings and we want to put this issue behind us,” Simon said in a statement released by the Pacers on Wednesday.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersLongtime NBA columnist Peter Vecsey reported earlier in the week that the Pacers owner was considering filing suit against the NBA and the Lakers, which Simon emphatically denied.The Lakers were hit with the largest fine for tampering in league history after an independent investigation determined General Manager Rob Pelinka spoke with George’s agent, Aaron Mintz, and gave “a prohibited expression of interest in the player while he was under contract.” The investigation was the result of allegations made by the Pacers.The league had previously warned Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson about tampering with George following an April appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” when Johnson said if he saw George, who grew up in Palmdale, in the offseason he would “be wink winking like … you know what that means, right?”last_img

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