The NBA told that the New Orleans Pelicans that if they failed sit a healthy Anthony Davis, the team could possibly be susceptible to a $100,000 fine for each game Davis failed to play, league sources told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst on Friday.
Under rules enacted out of hanging games out for season made to prevent players, teams can be fined by commissioner Adam Silver in violation. Teams can’t sit nationwide televised games, players to get highprofile, and fines for violating that may be for $100,000. NBA owners and that the principle passed in September 20 17.
The Pelicans have four nationwide televised games of 27 games overall staying, starting Friday night against Minnesota (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN), in which Davis will reunite.
Davis isn’t expected to play in back-to-backs going forward, and the plan will be for him to sit out Saturday’s game in Memphis.
The Pelicans said Thursday night it would allow Davis .
“A range of factors led to the decision,” Pelicans general director Dell Demps said in an statement. “Ultimately, Anthony made it evident for us that he wants to play, and he also gives all of us the best opportunity to acquire games. More over, the Pelicans WISh to protect the integrity of the match and align our company with NBA policies.”
Earlier this past week davis missed nine games but had been cleared to practice. Because Davis had asked a transaction and informed the company that he would leave in free agency in 2020, there’d been consideration of sitting Davis and preserving his health as a trade advantage, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
“We look forward to seeing Anthony at a Pelicans uniform soon.”
Info from The Associated Press was used in this report.