Anthony Davis probably isn't even mad at his agent for this.


Rich Paul, super-agent at Klutch Sports and notable close friend of LeBron James, sent shockwaves across the basketball landscape this week when he made it clear that ​his client down in New Orleans, Mr. Davis, wanted to be traded. Well, it turns out that this is a big no-no under the terms of the ​NBA's collective bargaining agreement. The league has fined Davis $50,000 for his representative's indiscretions.

Yeesh.


Aspects of this may sound farcical, but the CBA is an ironclad labor agreement. Its terms aren't negotiable once they are agreed. Davis is under contract with the Pelicans until further notice, and the league determined that Paul made "an intentional effort to undermine" that contract. Plain and simple.

​​And if you think Davis is paying this one out of his pocket despite the penalty nominally being against him, think again. Those Klutch dollars are almost certainly about to fall from the sky on this big-time client's behalf.

​​This doesn't change the trajectory of the Davis saga in the big picture. He wants a trade. He prefers the Lakers. ​He won't sign a contract extension anywhere else, he says. 


If anything, this episode should tell each and every NBA fan just how brazen and obvious Klutch and Davis are willing to be until they get what they want.