Wake up, wake up, wake up, it’s the first of the month……Here are the Rumblings.
Nick Gallo of OKCThunder.com looks at Jerami Grant’s impact on the team: “Heading into his second season with the Thunder, Grant will get a chance to get his feet under him a little more thanks to a full training camp with Head Coach Billy Donovan. A chance to integrate on the group during a month straight of practice was a privilege Grant wasn’t afforded last season when he was acquired in a trade just a week into the season. His fellow wing Andre Roberson called the trade a turning point early in the year for the Thunder. Part of the reason why is Grant’s flexibility as a player, which helped the Thunder immensely when it came to choosing lineups, rotations and matchups.”
The Lakers were penalized $500,000 for tampering with Paul George: “The penalty stems from a conversation between Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and George’s agent, Aaron Mintz. Mintz also represents Lakers forward Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell, the Lakers’ 2015 second overall pick, whom they traded to the Brooklyn Nets in June. The independent firm the league hired to investigate the charges found that Pelinka offered a “prohibited expression of interest” to Mintz.”
Michael McCann of Sports Illustrated looks at how the Lakers got caught: “The NBA has a decidedly “low bar” for tampering. Under Article 35A of the league’s constitution, teams are forbidden from any kind of attempt to persuade a player, coach, trainer, general manager or any other person who is under contract with another team to join the tampering team. The word “any” is crucial. Tampering need not entail direct communications with an employee of another NBA team. A finding of tampering also doesn’t require evidence that the supposed persuasion had any influence on the employee. In assessing whether tampering occurred, is the attempt of persuasion that matters.”