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Report: Bucks owner Marc Lasry fined $25k for tampering with Anthony Davis

2018 NBA All-Star Game Celebrity Game

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Marc Lasry takes the floor during player introductions prior to the 2018 NBA All-Star Game Celebrity Game at Los Angeles Convention Center on February 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

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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:

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?

Again, I think the NBA – given its existing framework – was correct to punish Lasry. But it’s still impossible to escape how inconsistent the league is on tampering.