Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry is the latest NBA owner to run afoul of the league for violating tampering rules. According to a new report, Lasry has been fined by the NBA because of his comments regarding Anthony Davis.
Per ESPN’s Malika Andrews, Lasry was docked $25,000 for his statements about Davis. They came in response to a report last week saying that Davis would be willing to sign a long-term deal with four teams, one of them being Milwaukee.
“I saw that report, and I think it’s great. It’s a little bit of what we want,” Lasry said via NBCSports.com. “We want players to come and play in Milwaukee. And part of it is, when you’re winning and you’re setting a standard for excellence, people see that. People want to win.
“It doesn’t make a difference if you’re in Milwaukee, New York or LA. The whole goal is winning. So we hope it would be players like Anthony Davis and others who want to come to Milwaukee.”
Lasry was probably okay before he mentioned Davis by name. That’s what drew the response from the league.
Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry has been fined 25K for his comments about Anthony Davis, league sources tell ESPN. The comments violated league tampering rules.
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) February 11, 2019
Currently, Davis is still with the New Orleans Pelicans. He is under contract next season, but has already told the team he won’t sign an extension with them.
Right now, the expectation is that Davis will be traded sometime this summer. The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers look like the most likely targets, but there’s a chance that the Bucks and others could get involved.