NBA teams aren’t allowed to begin negotiating with free-agent players until 9 p.m. PDT on Friday.
So how was it that Chris Paul informed the Clippers on Tuesday, three days before that window was to open, that he wanted to join the Houston Rockets?
The question was posed to several team executives around the league, who all spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the topic.
“I don’t want to use the ‘T’ word — tampering — but we all don’t play by the rules when it comes to making deals,” one Eastern Conference executive said. “Besides, nobody is going to rat anybody out. That’s how this league works.”
Less than 24 hours after...