LOS ANGELES — Alvin Gentry said it once, twice and then again: “We’re not trading him.”
Furthermore, the New Orleans Pelicans coach told reporters at shootaround Friday at Staples Center that he believes recent statements by the Lakers’ LeBron James regarding Pelicans star Anthony Davis constitute tampering.
“It’s B.S.; it’s tampering,” he said. “It’s tampering. Should we start having A.D. say, ‘Why don’t we trade for LeBron?’ I’m just saying, why is it not tampering if players are saying it?
“There’s a distinction between someone talking about a player that’s under contract – I thought if you talk about a player under contract, it was tampering. But that’s just me. I’ve only been in the league 31 years, what do I know?”
Ahead of tonight’s game between New Orleans and the Lakers at Staples Center – which will be broadcast on ESPN – James openly discussed what it would be like playing alongside Davis if he were to be traded to L.A.
“That would be amazing,” James told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin on Tuesday before the Lakers (18-13) lost in Brooklyn. “That would be amazing, like, duh. That would be incredible.”
In response, Davis told ESPN’s Zach Lowe he appreciated the compliment, but he was focused on the job at hand.
“It’s cool to hear any high-caliber player say they want to play with me,” Davis said, “but my job is to turn this team around. If we’re 15–17, that means I’m not doing my job.”
On Friday, ahead of Gentry’s comments, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that general managers of smaller-market teams were “privately expressing outrage over what they believe is the NBA’s unwillingness to enforce the league’s tampering rules.”
Davis – who wasn’t at shootaround and is listed as questionable for Friday’s game because of illness – is averaging 28 points, 12.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 2.8 blocks and 1.8 steals per game this season for New Orleans.
Because the dynamic 25-year-old big man is under contract with the Pelicans for $27.1 million next season, with a player option for 2020-21 worth $28.8 million, the Lakers would have to trade for the five-time All-Star if they wanted to acquire him before he becomes a free agent.
This past summer, Davis split with the Wasserman agency, after which he signed with Rich Paul of Klutch Sports. Paul also is James’ agent.
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James’ personal relationship with Davis has no bearing on whether the public comments broke NBA rules, Gentry said.
“Now we’re talking about relationships? What does that have to do with anything?” he said. “It’s either the rule or it’s not the rule – OK? That’s the way it is. It’s either tampering or it’s not, OK? That’s the bottom line.
“The bottom line,” Gentry added, “is we’re not trading him anyway, so it doesn’t matter.”
While in New York, James also talked to reporters about Carmelo Anthony – a longtime friend who currently is under contract with the Houston Rockets, though not playing – potentially joining the Lakers.
“We’ll see. I don’t run the team,” James said. “There are obviously things that need to be worked out on both sides. But I’ve always wanted to play with Melo, and if the opportunity presents itself, it’ll be great. So we’ll see what happens.”
The NBA previously fined the Lakers $500,000 in August 2017 for communication between general manager Rob Pelinka and Paul George’s agent. Also, Magic Johnson was fined $50,000 in February for comments about Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
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