What were initially seen as benign comments about a fellow superstar could potentially land Lakers megastar LeBron James in some hot water.
Earlier this week, LeBron spoke glowingly about wanting to team up with New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis and appeared to openly endorse a Lakers move to acquire him.
But ESPN reported that an anonymous GM from the Eastern Conference was furious that the NBA did not swiftly crack down on LeBron for potential tampering.
"It's New Orleans' problem today, and a problem with a different player tomorrow for the rest of us," one Eastern Conference GM told ESPN. "It's open season on small markets and our players."
The NBA's bylaws prohibit players from influencing a potential player transaction in any way, shape or form.
"If these are the rules, enforce them," one Western Conference GM told ESPN. "If you want to push Anthony Davis in LA, if you allow LeBron to interfere with teams, then just do it. Change the rules, and say "It's the wild, wild west and anything goes.
"But give us a list of the rules that you're enforcing, and give us a list of the rules that you're going to ignore."
The NBA has not punished LeBron for his words - yet. But over the last few years, the league has punished the Lakers organization on various tampering charges.