Report: Some NBA GMs say LeBron James’ Anthony Davis talk is tampering
A handful of general managers of small-market NBA teams are crying foul over LeBron James’ public recruitment of Anthony Davis, arguing that such talk is tampering.
Further, the same GMs are “privately expressing outrage” over how the league won’t enforce its tampering rules, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
“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.”
“If these are the rules, enforce them,” added a Western Conference GM. “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.”
James ignited the controversy by stating Tuesday it “would be amazing” if the Los Angeles Lakers could figure out a way to bring Davis into the fold. While the New Orleans Pelicans star not surprisingly downplayed James’ remarks, the die, as it were, had already been cast.
League bylaws explicitly prohibit any player from the kind of comments James made, and “and the Commissioner shall have the power to decide whether or not the charges have been sustained.”
The rival GMs up in arms over the NBA’s apparent reluctance to address James’ recruitment of Davis even have reached out to Pelicans general manager Dell Demps to express unhappiness over the NBA’s “tacid endorsement of James’ comments,” Woj writes.
It obviously remains to be seen what the NBA opts to do about this situation, if anything at all. That said, it certainly appears doing nothing will make many small-market teams very unhappy.