The New Orleans Pelicans are not happy with the NBA, LeBron James or the Lakers after Anthony Davis’ agent Rich Paul announced that the Pels big man was requesting a trade this morning.
After Paul’s statement to ESPN, the New Orleans Pelicans immediately called foul and and are asking the league to investigate if LeBron or the Lakers tampered with Anthony Davis.
Just last month several NBA GMs around the league were angry with the NBA for not fining LeBron James for tampering after he made comments about wanting Davis to join the Lakers while speaking to the media.
“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.”
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 …”
The NBA has stated that they are currently investigating the entire situation to see if there was tampering.