In less than one year as Lakers President of Basketball Operations, Magic Johnson has already played a part in the team receiving two high-profile tampering fines.
The first came last August, a situation that stemmed from comments Johnson made on Jimmy Kimmel Live! about then-Pacers forward Paul George. During the appearance Johnson joked about ways to work around tampering rules and lure George into joining the Purple and Gold. This only generated a warning, but as a result of another violation by Lakers GM Rob Pelinka regarding George's 2018 free agency, the team was fined $500,000.
Then, earlier this month, the Lakers were hit with another fine after Johnson publicly praised Bucks star Giannis Antetokoumpo. The price tag for the comments was just $50,000, but the penalty in general, given Johnson's seemingly innocent intent, has been a topic of debate.
At All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addressed the entire situation. His message to avoid further fines was simple: "Stop talking about star players on other teams."
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