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Hawks Possibly Guilty of Tampering with Chris Paul, Dwight Howard

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Atlanta Hawks are expected to go after free agents Chris Paul and Dwight Howard during the offseson this summer, but may have committed tampering in the process by letting fans know of their pursuit of the All Stars.

The team sent out a letter to season ticket holders, and the letter included the team's interest in both Paul and Howard.

"The buzz around our offseason is more than heating up," the letter said, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "With massive cap space, 4 draft picks, and free agency rapidly approaching, we sit in the best position in the NBA. Player interest is sky-rocketing as the possibilities of landing Chris Paul and Dwight Howard become more and more of a reality."

The NBA's collective bargaining agreement states that teams are required to decline comment about potential free agents before free agency begins.

Howard is an Atlanta native and spent this past season with the Los Angeles Lakers. Paul spent the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Free agency is set to begin on July 1.

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