Will the Atlanta Hawks Get in Trouble For Tampering With Dwight Howard and Chris Paul?

By Dan Parzych
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Even though the 2013 NBA Finals has yet to get underway, there’s already been plenty of talk surrounding free agency considering how many key players will be available–especially when it comes to Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers. Sure, both of these players could easily end up on the current team they’re with, but you can count on numerous teams making a run to acquire the superstars.

One team both Paul and Howard have already been linked to is the Atlanta Hawks and while there’s still some time before the start of free agency–it looks like the team may already find themselves in trouble with the league.

Apparently, the Hawks may be in trouble for tampering with Paul and Howard after a letter was released to season ticket holders indicating interest between the parties was “skyrocketing.” Obviously, it’s not that time of the offseason where Atlanta is allowed to be discussing possible deals with Paul or Howard–so posting something like this in a newsletter to season ticket holders is just a bonehead mistake.

Atlanta has emerged as a strong contender in the Eastern Conference over the last couple of seasons and the addition of either Paul or Howard–or even both–would make their chances even stronger. There’s still plenty of time before anything will even come close to happening, but once the time does come for players to begin talks with teams–it will be interesting to see if anything happens between the Hawks and these two players.

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