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The NBA reportedly forced the New Orleans Pelicans to play Anthony Davis, threatening to fine the team $100,000 per game if the team benched the disgruntled superstar.
Once Davis remained on the New Orleans roster after the Feb. 7 trade deadline passed, his agent, Rich Paul, who informed the Pelicans that Davis would not sign a contract extension next summer and wanted to be traded, reportedly called the league office to voice his concern about his client being shelved by the team, prompting the NBA to inform the Pelicans they had to play Davis or face the $100K fine.
Former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy, on the call of the Pelicans’ game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on ESPN on Friday night, took the NBA to task for its decision to force New Orleans to play Davis.
Strong words from JVG for the NBA and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson, regarding playing Anthony Davis. Says the NBA is bullying her with fines, says the league is wrong, and that she has missed an opportunity to take a stand for her team and all small market teams. pic.twitter.com/1uBDMTxVsU
— Aaron Bruski (@aaronbruski) February 9, 2019
“(Pelicans owner Gayle Benson) missed an opportunity to take a stand for her team, and small-market teams in the NBA,” Van Gundy said. “Anthony Davis, one of the five-best players in the NBA, publicly requested a trade, and now the NBA is trying to bully her with unduly harsh fines? If I was her, I’d say I’ll pay the fines, but at the end of the day, I’m going to do what’s best for my franchise.”