Originally Posted by Nites
Not really. Consider this: What if Pat Riley had said that Bosh
and Bron were on his short list and that Wade would actively try to persuade them to join the Heat, before the end of the 09-10 season?
That's clearly tampering and this is no different. Putting something out into the media that implies the possibility of giving anything to a player who is under contract with a different team affects the discourse and influences all parties directly and indirectly.
What if the Thunder were trying to convince Fish to stay another year? Do you see how a (lucrative) offer to coach from Phil might change his opinion?