Bucks Owner Mark Lasry Reportedly Fined $25K for Anthony Davis Comments

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2019

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Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Mark Lasry has reportedly been fined $25,000 for violating the NBA's tampering rule for comments on Anthony Davis, according to Malika Andrews of ESPN.

The violation came when Lasry discussed a report that said the New Orleans Pelicans star might want to play for Milwaukee, per Mitch Lawrence of Sporting News:

"I saw that report, and I think it's great. 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. It doesn't make a difference if you're in Milwaukee, New York or L.A. The whole goal is winning. So we hope it would be players like Anthony Davis and others who want to come to Milwaukee."

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium had reported Davis would sign a long-term deal with the Bucks if traded, along with the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks.

Davis ended up remaining with the Pelicans through the deadline, but he could potentially become an option for the Bucks once again in the summer. However, the league prevents public comments on personnel who are members of other organizations.

The Pelicans asked the league to "strictly enforce the tampering rules" regarding Davis when it first released a statement about the trade request, and it appears the NBA is doing so.

Davis himself was fined $50,000 for making the initial trade demands.

The league also sent a warning memo after some complained when LeBron James spoke about the Lakers' potentially acquiring Davis, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

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