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NBA commissioner David Stern is dismissing any suggestions of tampering charges against the Miami Heat. He addressed suspicion over Miami's free-agent recruitment of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
Stern says there has been no request for a tampering investigation from any of the league's 30 owners. The owners met just prior to Stern's statement. Nick Arison, son of Miami franchise owner Micky Arison, represented the Heat.
The commissioner said James, Wade and Bosh violated no league rules in discussing free agency among themselves, and that the league isn't investigating how the Heat managed to land all three. James, Wade and Bosh all decided last week to play together in Miami. They each worked-out six-year deals after talking with each other at times throughout the free-agent process.
The Heat tried to put the cap on the deal by landing experienced point guard Derek Fisher, but the free agent chose to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers. Fisher credited his playing relationship with Kobe Bryant for his decision to stay in L-A, in search of a sixth NBA title with the team.