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The NBA threatened the New Orleans Pelicans with fines of $100,000 per game if they opted to bench disgruntled superstar Anthony Davis, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.
The league informed the team it expected Davis to play, beginning with a nationally televised game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night, according to Windhorst.
The NBA told the Pelicans rules it put in place in the 2017 season that restrict teams from choosing to rest healthy player are in effect and if the team were to bench Davis, it would be subject to a fine of $100,000.
Davis, whose agent, Rich Paul, informed the Pelicans two weeks ago that he would not sign an extension next summer and would head toward unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2020 if he is not traded, and the team have agreed he will not play in back-to-backs the remainder of the season, which amounts to 27 games including Friday night’s clash against Minnesota. The Pelicans play in Memphis on Saturday night.
Davis’ minutes are also expected to be reduced the rest of the season.