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Monday, June 1, 2020

NBA denies threatening to fine Pelicans for benching Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

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 they 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.

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