Basketball Wiretap

Morris Brothers Begin Trial For Alleged Assault

Sep 13, 2017 11:14 AM

Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris are beginning their trial for allegedly assaulting a man outside a Phoenix recreation center.

The Morris brothers are accused of helping three other people beat 36-year-old Erik Hood on Jan. 24, 2015.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials announced the trial's jury selection will start Wednesday.

The Morris brothers were previously teammates with the Phoenix Suns until Marcus Morris was traded to the Detroit Pistons.

Associated Press

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Magic Johnson Asks Lakers To Take Tampering Fine Out Of His Salary

Sep 5, 2017 3:54 PM

Magic Johnson has asked Jeanie Buss for the Los Angeles Lakers to take their tampering fine out of his salary.

“We can’t say a lot but we will correct the situation,” Johnson said Monday. “It’s under my watch. I apologize to Jeanie, and that was the main thing. I told her she could take it out of my salary because I don’t want the Lakers to be paying that fine. … I don’t want her spending $500,000, because she didn’t do anything. That’s on me.”

Johnson joked on Jimmy Kimmel's late night about Paul George, which led to a warning from the NBA. Rob Pelinka subsequently gave an illegal expression of interest to George's agent.

“This is just on a late-night show being funny,” Johnson said after touring a donation facility he helped organize with West Angeles Church to benefit victims of Tropical Storm Harvey. “But now I know I can’t do that. We’re OK. I haven’t thought twice about it. We made a mistake. … It’s under my watch. I’m gonna make sure it doesn’t happen anymore.”

Tania Ganguli/Los Angeles Times

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Lakers Fined $500,000 For Violating Anti-Tampering Rule

Aug 31, 2017 12:57 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have been fined $500,000 by the NBA for violating the league's anti-tampering rule on Paul George.

The conduct at issue involved communications by Rob Pelinka with the agent representing Paul George that constituted a prohibited expression of interest in the player while he was under contract.  The penalty reflected a previous warning issued by the NBA to the Lakers regarding tampering, following comments made by Lakers President of Basketball Operations Earvin Johnson about Paul George during an April 20 national television appearance.  

The investigation did not reveal evidence of an agreement or understanding that the Lakers would sign or acquire Mr. George.

The NBA’s anti-tampering rule prohibits teams from interfering with other teams’ contractual relationships with NBA players, including by publicly expressing interest in a player who is currently under contract with another team or informing the agent of another team’s player of interest by one’s own team in that player.

RealGM Staff Report

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