The NBA’s investigation into the Chicago Bulls has concluded. First reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bulls will forfeit their next available second-round pick as punishment.
Back in October, it was announced that the NBA was looking into the Bulls’ sign-and-trade for Lonzo Ball. The Miami Heat were also under investigation for their sign-and-trade of then-Toronto Raptor Kyle Lowry. Chicago’s front office remained hush on the situation during the investigation.
The NBA said the Bulls and Heat were cooperative in the investigations, which played a part in the resulting punishment. The NBA could have fined Chicago up to $10 million, draft picks, or suspensions of team executives. Luckily, the penalty is only losing one second-round pick.
The next available second-round pick the Bulls own is in 2026 — that’s if Chicago has to convey its first-round pick to the Orlando Magic in 2024. That pick was part of the Nikola Vucevic deal at last season’s trade deadline. The Bulls dodged a major bullet in this tampering case.
Of course, a second-round pick is useful, but the fact it’s just that has to be a relief for the Bulls’ front office. The fines, suspensions, and potential losses of first-round picks would have been more detrimental.
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