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NBA investigates arrival of Kawhi Leonard to LA Clippers

NBA investigates arrival of Kawhi Leonard to LA Clippers

The NBA is investigating allegations made against Jerry West and the LA Clippers involving the recruitment of Kawhi Leonard into free agency in 2019, a League source confirmed to ESPN.

TMZ Sports reported this week that a man, who claims to be close to Leonard, has filed a lawsuit against West and the Clippers, alleging that West owes him $ 2.5 million for helping the Clippers sign Leonard.

The NBA investigation into the allegations was first reported by The Athletic.

According to TMZ Sports, Johnny Wilkes alleges that he informed West, a consultant for the Clippers, in April 2019 that he had close ties to Leonard and All Star’s uncle Dennis Robertson and that he could provide vital information to help the Clippers to sign Leonard in free agency.

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The lawsuit says Wilkes claimed to have asked for $ 2.5 million for his help and that West agreed to the terms. Wilkes is seeking $ 2.5 million more damages, according to TMZ Sports.

A representative for West told TMZ Sports that the consultant was unaware of any legal action and said: ‘I am not aware of any lawsuits being filed against me and I deny having engaged in any inappropriate conduct in connection with the Kawhi firm. Leonard ».

The NBA investigation would correspond to “Other indirect contact,” as detailed in Article 35A (3) of the NBA Constitution, which “prohibits indirect communications, such as those made through intermediaries.”

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The Clippers could face a fine of up to $ 10 million and the loss of draft picks if they are found to have violated the rule.

The Clippers signed Leonard for three years and $ 103.1 million with a player option for the 2021-22 season in July 2019. The two-time Finals MVP joined the Clippers after they traded Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, four unprotected first round picks, one protected first round pick and two first round pick trades to Oklahoma City Thunder by Paul George.

George signed a maximum contract extension last week that guarantees up to $ 226 million over the next five years. (GG) (ESPNDEPORTES)

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