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Anthony Davis fined $50K by NBA for making public trade demand

Wednesday 30 January 2019 06:03, UK

Anthony Davis during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers

The NBA fined New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis $50,000 on Tuesday for violating a rule prohibiting players or their representatives from making public trade demands.

Davis' agent, Rich Paul, told ESPN on Monday that his client "wants to be traded to a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship," adding that Davis "wanted to be honest and clear with his intentions" to give the team time to plan for his departure. The team later acknowledged Davis had requested a trade over the weekend.

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In a statement announcing the fine Tuesday, the NBA called Paul's comments to ESPN "an intentional effort to undermine the contractual relationship between Davis and the Pelicans".

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The team's statement on Monday included a request to the league "to strictly enforce the tampering rules associated with this transaction."

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Multiple outlets reported later Monday that the NBA was investigating the situation, with the possibility of a fine for the public request.

Davis, 26, is making a salary of $25.4m this season. He was fined $25,000 in December of 2017 for verbally abusing a game official, but has not otherwise been fined since entering the NBA.

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Fines for tampering violations can vary. Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson was fined $50,000 last February for public comments praising the play of Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.

That came less than a year after the Lakers were fined $500,000 - the largest ever for tampering - after the NBA found general manager Rob Pelinka had been communicating with forward Paul George's agent while George was with the Indiana Pacers.

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ESPN reported earlier Tuesday that the Lakers - whose star, LeBron James, is also represented by Paul - are expected to make a heavy push to acquire Davis before the February 7 trade deadline, but the Pelicans are in no rush to deal Davis as they wait for an enticing package in return.

Davis cannot become a free agent until the summer of 2020.

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