It was only a matter of time before Jalen Brunson, and the New York Knicks would be under investigation for tampering by the NBA.
And this morning, that investigation started, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
The NBA has begun an investigation into the New York Knicks for alleged tampering regarding free agent pickup Jalen Brunson, sources inform @YahooSports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) August 1, 2022
For weeks leading up to the Knicks signing Brunson, it appeared as though both parties had already reached a tentative agreement. Fair enough.
New York’s front office was seen at Dallas Mavericks’ playoff games in the weeks leading up to the end of the NBA season. And Brunson’s father, Rick Brunson, was hired by the Knicks as a member of the coaching staff. It was a family lure. And it worked.
Brunson, recently on JJ Redick’s podcast, explained why he chose New York over Dallas. And to Brunson, it wasn’t an easy decision, but it was a straightforward one.
“Business came knocking on the door,” Brunson said. “It was time to just at least look. I had to do my due diligence and look and see what was out there.”
He doubled down on the business angle on another podcast hosted by Derek Harper, stating that it was “definitely about the business. There is no bad blood at all for me.”
Brunson followed his explanation up by detailing that he is still going to root for his former teammates’ success. However, now, it appears that it will be from afar.
And along the way, his quick decision to join the Knicks, after being courted by the organization for the better part of last season, has spiked the NBA’s interest in possible tampering penalties.
But, to get to that point, the league has to uncover substantial evidence that tampering did, in fact, take place. Until then, all you can do is wait.
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