Report: Bucks owner Marc Lasry fined $25k for tampering with Anthony Davis
Bucks owner Marc Lasry said, “We hope it would be players like Anthony Davis and others who want to come to Milwaukee.”
It doesn’t matter Lasry was responding to a report about Davis’ interest in the Bucks. Davis is still under contract with the Pelicans. As vague and arbitrarily enforced as the NBA’s tampering rules are, this was a clear violation.
Malika Andrews of ESPN:
Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry has been fined 25K for his comments about Anthony Davis, league sources tell ESPN. The comments violated league tampering rules.— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) February 11, 2019
The league was right – based on its written rules – to punish Lasry. But why $25,000?
The Lakers recently got fined $500,000 for one tampering violation then $50,000 for another. Was the $500,000 violation (Paul George) 10 times as egregious as Lasry’s? Was the $50,000 violation (Giannis Antetokounmpo) twice as egregious as Lasry’s? Was the $50,000 violation higher only because the Lakers were a repeat offender?