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NBA stressed rest rule, $100K fine to Pelicans over Anthony Davis

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by YOLO, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. JayZ750

    JayZ750 Contributing Member

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    JR Smith

    List could go on.

    Makes no sense to me.

    Not the least because at this point, AD doesn't help market the NBA at all...
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  2. hakeem94

    hakeem94 Member

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    au contraire it makes perfect sense
  3. marky :)

    marky :) Member
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    Nene alone would cost us like $5million in fines.
  4. Lovemachine2000

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    "DNP - too old" is league-approved.
  5. J.R.

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    NBA spokesman Mike Bass tells @NYTSports on the Pelicans and Anthony Davis: “The NBA did not tell New Orleans that it would be fined $100,000 per game if Anthony Davis were held out for the remainder of season. The Pelicans were advised that the team had not identified a proper basis for making that determination at this time and league rules governing competitive integrity therefore require that he be permitted to play.


    The N.B.A. said Monday that it required the New Orleans Pelicans to play Anthony Davis, their disgruntled All-Star, after he was not traded before last week’s trade deadline because of “league rules governing competitive integrity.”

    The Pelicans initially planned to sit Davis for the rest of the season once they responded to his request to be traded by deciding to keep him beyond Thursday’s deadline, according to two people familiar with New Orleans’ stance who were not authorized to discuss it publicly.

    But the league office said it intervened because of its rules about resting healthy players, which are in place largely to prevent teams from weakening their rosters intentionally to incur losses that could improve their draft position in June. The practice is known as “tanking.”

    The Pelicans maintain that they were trying to protect Davis from a serious injury during the final 28 regular-season games before the off-season, when they do intend to trade him after they field offers from a wider base of teams than those who could make more competitive offers last week, according to the people.

    Mike Bass, an N.B.A. spokesman, said Monday that “the Pelicans were advised that the team had not identified a proper basis” to hold Davis out of games.

    “League rules governing competitive integrity therefore require that he be permitted to play,” Bass said.

    Bass also denied an ESPN report from last week that said the Pelicans were threatened by the league with per-game fines of $100,000 if they sat Davis when he wanted to play.

    Upon learning of New Orleans’ plans to sit Davis after the Pelicans and Lakers broke off days of contentious trade talks, Davis’s agent, Rich Paul, lobbied league officials on Davis’s behalf to clear him to play, according to the people.

    Both Paul and Michele Roberts, head of the N.B.A. Players Association, declined to comment Monday.

    This season, though, several players with smaller profiles than Davis have been shelved by their teams in anticipation of a trade without any public pushback from the N.B.A.

    Like Davis, Chandler Parsons of Memphis and Carmelo Anthony, the former Houston Rocket, wanted to play but were benched for months. Parsons has since rejoined the Grizzlies after they were unable to find a new home for him via trade before the deadline; Anthony spent more than two months in exile before the Rockets traded him to the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 21. Anthony became a free agent on Feb. 3 after the Bulls released him and he cleared waivers.

    Cleveland’s J.R. Smith and Zach Randolph, the former Sacramento King who was traded to Dallas last week, have also been inactive for long spells this season — but both by mutual agreement with their teams.
    #25 J.R., Feb 11, 2019
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  6. lnchan

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  7. Koperboy

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    I imagine all sorts of exploitation would come out of it. Coaches would rest healthy players for someone else's interest. Maybe to drop player's value or to penalize him for something.

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