The New Orleans Pelicans released a statement to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski this afternoon regarding the report of Anthony Davis' trade demand.
The Pelicans confirmed that Davis came to the franchise, informing them that he won't be signing any contract extension this summer.
Davis has also requested a trade.
The juiciest part of the statement, though, is the Pelicans not-so-subtly calling for the NBA to punish the Lakers for "tampering."
"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 build our team for long-term success. Relative to specific talks of a trade, we will do this on our timeline. One that make 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,"
Pels statement continued: "...of our organization. We have also requested the League to strictly enforce the tampering rules associated with this transaction." https://t.co/kPI6HOkZrF
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 28, 2019
">the Pelicans said to ESPN.
Davis' agent, Rich Paul, is also the agent of LeBron James. There's obviously a relationship there, but the Pelicans could also believe that Los Angeles' front office got involved in some fashion.
The NBA previously fined the Lakers $500,000 for tampering with Paul George.