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Marc Lasry, co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, has been fined $25,000 for his comments about New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, according to ESPN.
Davis, whose agent, Rich Paul, informed the Pelicans that Davis would not sign an extension with the team and wants to be traded, had listed Milwaukee as one of his preferred landing spots on his revised listed of teams for which he would like to play.
“I saw that report, and I think it’s great,” Lasry told The Sporting News. “It’s a little bit of what we want. We want players to come and play in Milwaukee. And part of it is, when you’re winning and you’re setting a standard for excellence, people see that. People want to win.
“We hope it would be players like Anthony Davis and others who want to come to Milwaukee.”
Lasry’s comments violated the NBA’s tampering rules that prohibit team representatives from commenting about players from other teams, most especially when it is an effort to publicly and openly recruit players.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been hit with fines twice in the last two years for violating the league’s anti-tampering rules. They were fined $500,000 for showing “a prohibited expression of interest” in Paul George while he was a member of the Indiana Pacers and then $50,000 when team president Magic Johnson offered public praise of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Davis will not be a free agent until the summer of 2020.