NBA Hands Out Draft Pick Punishment To Sixers For Early Free Agency Maneuvers

The NBA has penalized the Philadelphia 76ers for their "early negotiations" with free agents PJ Tucker and Danuel House this past offseason. 

The Sixers lose their 2023 and 2024 second-round picks as punishment for not abiding by the free agency calendar. The NBA cited that their investigation found that the team "violated league rules governing the timing of this season's free agency discussions." 

The Sixers have responded with a statement of their own:

The Philadelphia 76ers fully cooperated with the NBA’s investigation and acknowledge the league’s ruling. We’re moving forward, focused on the season ahead.

Philly signed Tucker away from the Miami Heat to a 3-year, $33M deal in a deal that was tweeted out one minute after the official opening of the free agency season on June 30th at 6pm Eastern. House's deal was announced just minutes later, at 2 years, $8.4M. 

Many doubt that 2nd-round pick punishments will do anything to stem the tide of free agency shenanigans. 

The NBA opened an investigation into the New York Knicks' signing of free agent Jalen Brunson just three days after their Philly inquiry began, so we should be hearing something soon on that front as well. 

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