NBA fines Anthony Davis $50K over public trade demand
NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA has fined New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis $50,000 because of his agent's comments that Davis won't sign an extension and wants to be traded.
The league office said in a written statement released Tuesday evening that Davis has violated a collectively-bargained rule prohibiting players or their representatives from making public trade demands.
The NBA says the fine is for statements that were made by Davis' agent, Rich Paul, on Monday in an intentional effort to undermine the contractual relationship between Davis and the Pelicans.
Davis is under contract with New Orleans through the end of the 2019-20 season.
He was drafted by the Pelicans with the first overall pick in 2012 and has been named an All-Star the previous five seasons.
He has averaged 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game this season, but has missed the past four games with a sprained left index finger while the Pelicans have fallen to 22-28 heading into Tuesday night's game at Houston.