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.
The NBA dined Anthony Davis $50,000 for making his trade request public. pic.twitter.com/L5SuOFRoMq— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) January 29, 2019
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.
Pelicans star Anthony Davis has been fined $50,000 for his representative, Rich Paul, going on the record for trade request, violating CBA. https://t.co/oYex8zL1O3— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 29, 2019
HE MAKES THIS IN A QUARTER.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) January 29, 2019
I’M NOT KIDDING. HE LITERALLY MAKES $28,000 MORE PER QUARTER THAN THIS
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.