Almost exactly a week after LeBron James expressed how “amazing” it would be if the Los Angeles Lakers somehow acquired Anthony Davis, the NBA has stepped in and taken a course of action — sort of.
On Friday, the league sent out a reminder to teams reminding them that tampering is wrong. Gee, I wonder who that could have been directed to!
Here is a breakdown of that memo, courtesy of Adrian Wojnarowksi of ESPN:
In a memo obtained by ESPN on Friday morning, league counsel seemed to be alluding to James’ scenario, saying, “employment contracts are to be respected and conduct that interferes with contractual employment relationships is prohibited.
”This principle is particularly important in today’s media environment, where any actions or comments relating to potential player movement receive immediate and widespread public attention. 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.”
I’m aware it has been said before, but it bears repeating: all LeBron James did was answer a question asked by a curious reporter. That’s it!
He even went as far as to name a laundry list of other players around the league he’d like to play with, including Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kyrie Irving, Joel Embiid and Luka Doncic, to show how little his desire to play with someone actually means. So why did the league feel the need to address it?
It might have something to do with the fact that small market general managers are terrified of the recruiting power James and his camp have now that they’re in Los Angeles. But shouldn’t opposing general managers be more concerned as to why their star players want to flee to L.A.?
After all, Davis isn’t a hot name on the trade market because the Pelicans are setting the league on fire. If Davis leaves New Orleans for L.A., it won’t be because of a comment that James made in December.
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