Tampering is a part of the NBA. This is a common fact that has become more accepted over the years. General managers and agents around the league work behind the scenes to get deals done before they're technically allowed to. This is why contracts are agreed upon the second free agency begins, and in several cases this offseason, even before free agency. However, not every GM is thrilled with the wild west atmosphere that has been growing. Anonymous GMs spoke to Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report and talked about tampering in the NBA, the unwritten rules of how this issue should be approached and how it's being changed with some players being contacted directly. "Before, it was just agents and front-office guys talking," another former GM says. "But now, the GMs are talking to their players and making them a partner in the recruitment directly with the other player." However, while the approach on tampering in the NBA might be changing, don't expect GMs to agree to stop anytime soon. They're always looking for that competitive edge even if it might be seen as cheating.
GMs say tampering is part of the NBA: Not cheating means 'not trying'
CBS Sports | Sep 6