The NBA Responds To GMs Of Small Market Teams Being Angry That LeBron James Isn’t Being Fined For Tampering After Publicly Courting Anthony Davis

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Earlier this week, LeBron James caused a bit of a firestorm when he answered a question from a reporter on whether he wanted Pelicans’ superstar Anthony Davis to join the Lakers.


Ahead of Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans visiting the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time this season on Friday, LeBron James openly pondered what having the All-Star forward alongside him in purple and gold at Staples Center would be like.

“That would be amazing,” James told ESPN on Tuesday before the Lakers’ 115-110 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, referring to the Lakers landing Davis through a trade. “That would be amazing, like, duh. That would be incredible.”

Pelicans GM Dell Demps responded to LeBron’s comment by saying that he would allow the NBA to determine whether LeBron was in violation of the league’s tampering rules.

Here are the tampering rules for players according to the NBA bylaws.

Any Player who, directly or indirectly, entices, induces, persuades or attempts to entice, induce or persuade any Player, Coach, Trainer, General Manager, or any other person who is under contract to any other Member of the Association to enter into negotiations for or relating to his services shall, on being charged with such tampering, should be given an opportunity to answer to such charges after due notice and the Commissioner shall have the power to decide whether or not the charges have been sustained …”

Several GMs of small market GMs are not happy that the league hasn’t fined LeBron for tampering over his comments about Davis.


“If these are the rules, enforce them,” one Western Conference GM told ESPN. “If you want to push Anthony Davis in L.A., if you allow LeBron to interfere with teams, then just do it. Change the rules, and say, ‘It’s the wild, wild west and anything goes.’

“But give us a list of the rules that you’re enforcing, and give us a list of the rules that you’re going to ignore.”

The NBA responded to the complaints coming from the GMs and said that LeBron didn’t break any rules when he made his comment about Anthony Davis.

LeBron has been able to tiptoe around the league’s tampering rules for years it would be silly to think that the league would come down on him at this point.

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