Small Market GMs Upset NBA Doesn't Apply Tampering Rules To Players

Small Market GMs Upset NBA Doesn't Apply Tampering Rules To Players

Small Market GMs Upset NBA Doesn't Apply Tampering Rules To Players

"I don't really care", Davis told ESPN's Zach Lowe of James' remarks following his team's 123-115 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

After the Lakers failed to pair James with a superstar in the summer of 2018 despite opening up salary cap space to do so, landing a big fish like Davis would give the team a realistic championship path, even as James, who turns 34 later this month, continues to age. The Pelicans have a leg up on the competition, however, as they can offer a five-year, $239-million super-max extension to the near 7-footer in July.

That's exactly what happened this past offseason when Kawhi Leonard made it clear to the San Antonio Spurs that he wouldn't sign the supermax.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said at the team's Friday shootaround that Davis will not be dealt.

Julius Randle is playing extremely well for the New Orleans Pelicans this season. "I'm happy for my teammates, and all that type of stuff, but it's just a situation where I knew it was time to move on". "I love New Orleans", it may be nice for him to share the load with another perennial MVP contender. I love the fans. "I love their food".

Of that team, Davis admitted to Yahoo last month he feels he carries the bulk of the pressure for New Orleans to win. Several small-market National Basketball Association general managers, however, have become upset that the league isn't enforcing tampering rules when it comes to the Davis situation, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Not to mention, Davis has financial incentive to stay with the Pelicans. Davis and New Orleans were swept by Golden State in the All-Star's only other postseason appearance in 2015.

If the Pelicans do indeed get to the point where they are forced to trade him, the Lakers are likely to lose a bunch of young talent on the current roster in order to do so. He also hints at a potential arms race between the Celtics and. the Lakers. He's averaging 28.0 points per game for the Pelicans this season, good for third in the National Basketball Association.

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