Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry fined $25,000 for comments about Pelicans’ Anthony Davis
League-wide relevance is a new phenomenon for Marc Lasry. Going forward, the Milwaukee Bucks owner will certainly think twice about publicly discussing players employed by opposing teams. The league has reportedly fined Lasry $25,000 for comments he made last week about New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis, according to ESPN’s Malika Andrews.
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
Davis requested a trade from the Pelicans in late January. Though conventional wisdom still says he’s most likely to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020 regardless of where he might be dealt in the interim, subsequent reporting revealed that the Bucks were on a small list of teams with whom Davis would be open to re-signing.
Asked by Sporting News’ Mitch Lawrence last week for his thoughts on the matter, Lasry hardly minced words, confirming the obvious assumption Milwaukee would be interested in acquiring Davis.
“I saw that report, and I think it’s great,” he said. “It’s a little bit of what we want. We want players to come and play in Milwaukee. And part of it is, when you’re winning and you’re setting a standard for excellence, people see that. People want to win.
“It doesn’t make a difference if you’re in Milwaukee, New York or LA. The whole goal is winning. So we hope it would be players like Anthony Davis and others who want to come to Milwaukee.”
Davis’ interest and Lasry’s subsequent gaffe is indicative of Milwaukee’s meteoric rise to the top of the league standings. In a February 2018 television appearance, Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson was docked $50,000 by the league office for raving about Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. Barely more than a year later, it’s Milwaukee that got ahead of itself while discussing the potential acquisition of an opposing superstar.