After a rather rocky start to the season, the Philadelphia 76ers are seeming to get it together.
They now have a 4-4 record and are looking much better, more cohesive, and more competitive.
But they just received some really bad news in the midst of a few good games.
The NBA has taken away the 76ers‘ second round picks in 2023 and 2024 for early free agency discussions last offseason.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 31, 2022
The NBA recently took away the 76ers’ second-round picks in 2023 and 2024 because of “early free agency discussion last offseason.”
This situation in Philadelphia is one that will end up costing the 76ers much more than they planned.
Was it all worth it?
The NBA Strikes Against The Sixers
As we all know, both players were acquired by the 76ers during the offseason.
The NBA stated that the team spoke to both players about being signed “prior to the date when such discussions were permitted.”
The association has become increasingly strict about teams following their rules and regulations regarding signing players during free agency.
At the end of the day, the basic concept is this: teams cannot try to sign players before specific dates.
Discussions – and even public comments – with or about free agents or other players can result in punishments like the one the 76ers received.
Both Tucker and House are supposed to be pivotal parts of the new-look Philly team that is trying to make the Finals.
They both signed impressive contracts with the team but it’s now clear that the 76ers will be giving up a lot more than they expected.
Meanwhile, the New York Knicks are currently in the midst of another investigation like this one related to their signing of guard Jalen Brunson.
Is New York about to be punished too?