NBA: Suns docked 2024 second-round pick after free agency violation | Inquirer Sports

NBA: Suns docked 2024 second-round pick after free agency violation

/ 05:14 PM October 26, 2023

FILE– Kevin Durant #35 and Eric Gordon #23 of the Phoenix Suns

FILE– Kevin Durant #35 and Eric Gordon #23 of the Phoenix Suns celebrates  during the second quarter of an NBA game at Chase Center on October 24, 2023 in San Francisco, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP 

PHOENIX— The Phoenix Suns were docked a 2024 second-round draft pick by the NBA on Wednesday after the league said the team violated league rules on the timing of this season’s free agency discussions.

The league said the Suns engaged in free agency discussions with forward Drew Eubanks before the date that talks were permitted. Eubanks eventually signed with the Suns.

The pick the Suns lost was originally Denver’s and was acquired from the Orlando Magic in a previous trade. The league said the Suns cooperated with the investigation.

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“We are disappointed with the results of the NBA investigation,” the Suns said in a statement. “If there was a violation, it was inadvertent. We are focused on complying with league rules and competing at the highest level every year.

“With that being said, we accept the penalty from the league and are focused on looking forward to this season.”

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