The NBA Board of Governors have passed a stricter package of measures to enforce compliance with tampering and circumvention of the salary cap.
It is not yet clear the full extent of the legislation.
There was a proposal that the NBA would audit five teams at random per year to check their communication with agents and players.
"I’m sure you’ve heard some of the chatter around these rules," said Adam Silver. "As I said, I understand it, that none of us want people looking into our private affairs. I think part of the discussion, of course, went to what the scope of any investigation should be. I am not interested in looking in any aspects of people’s life outside of what is relevant to the operation of their teams, unless of course there is an issue that requires that we look into something outside the scope of what we’re addressing here.
"The league has the authority, in essence, to promulgate what those procedures will be going forward. The only thing that actually required a vote of our team governors was, in essence, the discipline schedule, which included increased fining authority for the league. Although I’ll say, I think there’s a general sense in this league that among the tools we have to ensure compliance, fining authority unto itself may be one of the least effective tools. So within the power that already has been vested in the league, there is the ability to impact competition directly by suspending executives, taking away draft picks and voiding contracts. All of those provisions are on the table.
"But again, the ultimate goal here is to ensure compliance and to ensure that there’s that appropriate tension that exists at the team. So there is sort of a significant threat that if a team doesn’t comply that there will be consequences."