Report: NBA to Investigate Tampering with Anthony Davis Trade Request

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers guards Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans during a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Franchise altering players are very seldom available through a trade and an even smaller number demand to be dealt from their current teams. However, both of those things happened Monday morning when Pelicans all-star Anthony Davis informed the team he would not be signing an extension with them and wants to be traded prior to his 2020 free agency date.

Earlier this season the Pelicans were adamant they would not trade Davis for anything, but after his request that likely changes things. The team offered this statement on the situation with their 25-year old star:

This past weekend, Anthony Davis’ representatives informed us that Anthony does not wish to sign a contract extension with our team and subsequently has requested a trade. Although we are disappointed in this decision, our organization’s top priority is to bring an NBA championship to our city and fans and build our team for long-term success.


Relative to specific talks of a trade, we will do this on our terms and our timeline. One that makes the most sense for our team and it will not be dictated by those outside of our organization. We have also requested the League to strictly enforce the tampering rules associated with this transaction.

The last part of their statement is directed so that they have no interference or tampering from other players/teams in hopes of landing the star power forward. As this pertains to the Lakers, their own star, LeBron James, was at the center of tampering speculation when he said it would be “amazing” to play with Davis in December.

The league has taken some initiative on this particular trade request and opened an investigation according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

The focus of this investigation could lead to the league taking action against Davis for formally requesting a trade according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

With the ties that Davis has to the Lakers through Klutch Sports and sharing an agent with LeBron James, the Pelicans are trying to do whatever they can to have the most leverage in this deal possible. From the looks of it, they are pulling out all the stops in order to maintain control of this situation.


Author: Dillon Hiser


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