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SportNBA denies threatening to fine Pelicans for benching Davis

00:55  12 february  2019
00:55  12 february  2019 Source:   yardbarker.com

Report: NBA to fine Pelicans $100K for each game Davis sits

Report: NBA to fine Pelicans $100K for each game Davis sits Even with the NBA trade deadline in the rearview, the drama surrounding New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis continues. The league informed the Pelicans that they'll be fined $100,000 per game if Davis is benched, sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst. In 2017, the NBA implemented a rule that restricts teams from resting healthy players. Davis' playing schedule has been discussed often, even before the club didn't deal the six-time All-Star at the deadline. His agent, Rich Paul, called the league office to express concern that the Pelicans wouldn't play Davis if he isn't traded, according to Windhorst.

ESPN reports that the NBA threatened to fine the Pelicans 0,000 for every game Davis is benched after hearing about this possibility. The league cited the rule placed back in 2017 restricting teams from benching perfectly healthy players. The rule was put in place after the San Antonio Spurs

Though the Pelicans gave consideration to sitting Davis out for the rest of the season, they decided they would play him. The NBA told New Orleans they would be subjected to a 0,000 fine per game that Davis was benched while healthy. That was a new rule implemented after the Spurs

NBA denies threatening to fine Pelicans for benching Davis© Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

With the NBA trade deadline having passed and Anthony Davis remaining in New Orleans, there was some talk of the Pelicans potentially benching the star big man for the remainder of the season. They have opted not to go that route, but the NBA insists that has nothing to do with the threat of a massive fine from the league.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported last week that the NBA threatened to fine New Orleans $100,000 per game if the Pelicans benched a healthy Davis. However, league officials did remind the Pelicans that rules prevent them from engaging in such activity.

That rule was implemented after the San Antonio Spurs popularized the practice of resting star players during nationally televised games. It is also designed to prevent teams from tanking in an attempt to secure a higher draft spot.

While the NBA may not have directly threatened to fine the Pelicans, that is probably where things were headed. We have already seen a fine handed out over the Davis situation, so it would not have been a surprise if New Orleans was penalized.

Report: Celtics, Pelicans have discussed framework of Anthony Davis deal

Report: Celtics, Pelicans have discussed framework of Anthony Davis deal The Boston Celtics cannot trade for Anthony Davis until the summer, but that isn’t stopping them from putting preliminary building blocks in place in talks with the New Orleans Pelicans. According to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe, the Celtics and Pelicans have been in contact about potential frameworks for a Davis trade. The Celtics are reluctant to make promises knowing how much can change, but the team remains very interested, and has refused to say any player is off-limits, according to Himmelsbach.

With the trade deadline behind Anthony Davis and The Brow staying put in The Big Easy, Davis led the Pelicans to a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves with Visit ESPN on YouTube to get up-to-the-minute sports news coverage, scores, highlights and commentary for NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA , College

The Pelicans should trade Davis when they’re ready and only for what they feel is the best deal for them rather than be pressured into pulling the trigger early because the Lakers want him. NBA threatened to fine Pelicans if they benched Anthony Davis .

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