The Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat will each lose their next available second-round pick to tampering violations related to the offseason transfers of Lonzo Ball and Kyle Lowry, the NBA announced Wednesday.
Since August, the NBA has been investigating whether illegal contacts and negotiations between teams and agents occurred prior to the opening of free agency at 6 p.m. ET on August 2.
According to a memo obtained by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bulls and Heat “fully cooperated with the investigations,” which was taken into account when determining penalties. Teams could also have faced additional draft pick losses, executive suspension and fines of up to $ 10 million.
“While we do not agree, we accept the League’s decision,” the Heat said in a statement. “We are moving forward with our season.”
The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to trade Ball, a restricted free agent, to the Bulls on a four-year, $ 80 million deal for Garrett Temple with a new three-year, $ 5.5 million deal and point guard Tomas Satoransky. The Heat negotiated a three-year, $ 85 million deal with Lowry in a sign-and-trade deal that sent point guard Goran Dragic and forward Precious Achiuwa to the Toronto Raptors.
The Heat guaranteed Dragic’s $ 19.4 million team option before free agency, allowing them to use him in the sign-and-trade deal.
The Milwaukee Bucks lost a 2022 second-round pick to manipulation charges to Sacramento Kings restricted free agent Bogdan Bogdanovic in 2021. With the penalty, the NBA took into consideration that the Bucks ultimately did not acquire Bogdanovic, who signed with the Atlanta Hawks.