After Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers became the fourth team in the past two years to lose the second-round draft picks for violations during offseason free-agency moves. The NBA announced on Monday to strip of the Sixers from the second-round picks in 2023 and 2024 for holding conversation with free-agent players before the allotted time.
Earlier in 2019, Chicago Bulls contacted Lonzo Ball and Miami Heat had a conversation with Kyle Lowry in the summer of 2021, which led the NBA to impose severe penalties on both the teams.
According to rules, NBA franchises are not allowed to contact players or their agents for free-agency moves before June 30 and the league investigated that the Sixers engaged in discussions involving free agents P.J. Tucker and Danuel House Jr. before the advised date.
The NBA team said in a statement, "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."
The Sixers signed PJ Tucker from Miami Heat for a $33.2 million deal for three years in July to enhance the defensive play for James Harden and Joel Embiid's 76ers. On the other hand, Danuel House Jr. was signed from Utah Jazz for a two-year deal worth around $8.4 million. Both the signings became possible after star guard James Harden declined his $47.4 million player option and resigned with about $14.5 million less, giving flexibility to the team.