Atlanta Hawks appear to have violated anti-tampering rules by mentioning Clippers' point guard Chris Paul in letter

Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta-Journal Constitution is reporting the Atlanta Hawks' Marketing Department sent out a letter titled “Hot New Player news: Chris Paul and Dwight Howard.” This letter could be considered a violation of the ant-tampering rules.

Per The Atlanta-Journal Constitution:

The Hawks may have violated the NBA's anti-tampering policy by mentioning Dwight Howard and Chris Paul by name in a recent letter sent to prospective ticket buyers.

Atlanta native Howard and Paul are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents July 1. As each are currently under contract, with the Lakers and Clippers respectively, a team is not allowed to speak about them publically.

The letter, obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, was on team letterhead and headlined "Hot New Player news: Chris Paul and Dwight Howard." It began with the statement: "The buzz around our offseason is more than heating up. With massive cap space, 4 draft picks, and free agency rapidly approaching, we sit in the best position in the NBA. Player interest is skyrocketing as the possibilities of landing Chris Paul & Dwight Howard become more and more of a reality."

Now, as pointed by Bryan Rosa of FanSided, the Atlanta Hawks "are no stranger to to the NBA's anti-tampering policy as they were one of the teams fined $25,000 in 2010 during the LeBron James free agent frenzy. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban holds the biggest anti-tampering fine at $100K."

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