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SportNBA denies threatening to fine Pelicans for benching Davis

00:55  12 february  2019
00:55  12 february  2019 Source:

Watch: Pelicans fan shows respect for Anthony Davis after trade request

Watch: Pelicans fan shows respect for Anthony Davis after trade request At least one fan of the New Orleans Pelicans has made a video in response Anthony Davis requesting to be traded. But this fan’s take might not be what you think. It starts off about as expected, with Davis’ jersey lying on the ground and the fan moving a lighter close to it. But that’s when it takes an unexpected twist. Oh. 

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

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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.

Watch: Pelicans remove Anthony Davis from team intro video

Watch: Pelicans remove Anthony Davis from team intro video Anthony Davis made it clear he has no future with the New Orleans Pelicans, and they are reacting accordingly. The Pelicans have removed Davis from their intro video that plays before home games. Pelicans reporter Andrew Lopez noticed the change before the team's home game Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets. 

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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NBA denies threatening to fine Pelicans for benching Davis

Pelicans F Davis held out vs. Lakers for 'rest'.
The expectation that Anthony Davis will be held out of back-to-back game scenarios came to life when it was announced the All-Star forward would miss Saturday night's home game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Davis was officially held out because of "rest" against the team that was reported to be most interested in acquiring him at the trade deadline earlier this month. A deadline-deal never went down after Davis informed the franchise that he would not sign a contract extension in the upcoming offseason. Davis indicated, though, that he still wanted to see time on the court.

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