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NBA issues tampering warning amid LeBron James-Anthony Davis situation

NBA issues tampering warning amid LeBron James-Anthony Davis situation

After the New Orleans Pelicans fell to the Lakers last Friday in Los Angeles, LeBron James and Anthony Davis met for a postgame meal

Speculation has swirled to whether Davis will leave the Pelicans after next season for LA, and James didn't do anything to put a stop to it. 

Amid those events, the NBA issued a warning to all teams about the league's anti-tampering policy. In a story reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA said, "Employment contracts are to be respected and conduct that interferes with contractual employment relationships is prohibited."

The statement continued:

Teams should be entitled to focus their efforts on the competition this season with the players they have under contract, without having to divert attention or resources to conduct or speculation regarding the potential destinations of those players in future seasons once their contracts expire.

This is not the first time the Lakers have prompted a tampering issue. Last year, Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson was fined $500,000 for tampering with Paul George. 

Celtics fans did not have a huge stake in previous tampering instances with the Lakers, but they have a realistic chance of landing Davis via trade. 

If Davis declines a contract extension from the Pelicans this summer, New Orleans could try to trade him before losing him for nothing at the end of next season. Boston would likely have the best trade package to offer depending on who they'd be willing to part with. 

Any team trying to trade for Davis could become hesitant if he makes it clear he will sign with the Lakers next summer, so this warning is good news for the Celtics. 

The NBA can't keep the players from talking to each other, but small market teams are growing increasingly concerned and frustrated with the attitude towards their players

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.

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One lesson each Celtics player can take away from World Cup

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One lesson each Celtics player can take away from World Cup

Team Shamrock’s FIBA adventures ended with a whimper Saturday as — under the cloak of East Coast darkness — three of the four Celtics on Team USA logged DNPs (eight points for Jaylen Brown) while the Americans claimed seventh place with an 87-74 win over Poland. Combine that with the fact that Daniel Theis got limited reps with Germany’s early exit and Daniel Poirier hasn’t played big minutes while backing up Rudy Gobert for France and the World Cup experience wasn’t quite as robust as it could have been for the six Celtics players involved.

Still, there were positives to pluck and experiences gained by everyone involved, not the least of which is that a third of Boston’s roster will show up to camp on Oct. 1 in game-ready shape. Still, regardless of Team USA’s medal-less finish and the limited reps for Theis and Poirier, there’s at least one item or lesson that every player can bring with them into the new season.

Celtics' Tacko Fall suffers mild knee sprain during workouts

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Celtics' Tacko Fall suffers mild knee sprain during workouts

Bad news: Tacko Fall reportedly suffered a knee injury during workouts.

Good news: It's a mild knee sprain and the 7-foot-7 Celtics phenom is only expected to miss about a week.

Fall suffered the injury after a collision going up for a block, according to Jared Weiss of The Athletic.

Breathe easy, C's fans. Tacko is going to be just fine.

The UCF product will be in a battle during camp for a spot on the Celtics' 15-man roster. Boston signed former Xavier forward Kaiser Gates last week to compete with Tacko for that spot.

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