Jimmy Butler calls the NBA to investigate the Bucks for potential tampering in their acquisition of Damian Lillard. While many in Milwaukee are celebrating the arrival of seven-time All-Star Damian Lillard, some in Miami are skeptical. Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler has called for an NBA investigation into the Bucks for tampering, which involves violating the NBA’s rules on player recruitment and contract negotiations.
Jimmy Butler Calls NBA to Investigate the Bucks
“Yo NBA man, y’all need to look into the Bucks for tampering… Y’all didn’t hear it from me, but I heard it from somebody.”
Jimmy Butler speaks on Damian Lillard being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks ?
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) September 27, 2023
Butler made these allegations in a video he posted on Instagram, stating, “Yo NBA, man, y’all need to look into the Bucks for tampering. Y’all do. I’m just going to put that out there. Y’all didn’t hear it from me, but I heard it from somebody,”
It remains uncertain whether Butler’s claims hold any validity since he did not provide evidence or reveal the source of his information. It’s possible that Butler may be expressing frustration after the Miami Heat failed to secure a deal for Lillard, who had expressed interest in joining the team. However, it seems that the Heat did not have a suitable trade package to make the deal happen.
It’s worth noting that the Bucks had previously been penalized with the loss of a 2022 second-round pick due to an NBA investigation into their early contact with then-free agent Bogdan Bogdanovic in 2020.
In 1995, the Miami Heat also faced tampering accusations related to the New York Knicks and their pursuit of Pat Riley while he was still under contract with the Knicks. However, the matter was resolved between the Heat and Knicks when the Heat agreed to trade a first-round pick and $1 million to the Knicks in exchange for Riley’s services.