The NBA Warns Teams About Tampering After GMs Were Upset That LeBron James Was Openly Recruiting Anthony Davis

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Early this month LeBron James caused a bit of a shitstorm 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.”

Several GMs of small market GMs were angry that the league didn’t fine LeBron for tampering over his comments about Davis.


Several GMs told ESPN that they reached out to New Orleans Pelicans GM Dell Demps to express dismay over what they perceive as the NBA’s tacid endorsement of James’ comments to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin calling the possibility of Davis’ arrival as “amazing” and “incredible.”

“It’s New Orleans’ problem today, and a problem with a different player tomorrow for the rest of us,” one Eastern Conference GM told ESPN. “It’s open season on small markets and our players.”

“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.’

Weeks after the LeBron-Anthony Davis fiasco the BVA sent a memo reminding teams about the league’s anti-tampering rules.

This is obviously the NBA subtweeting LeBron through Woj but we’ll see how LeBron responds.

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