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Pelicans star Anthony Davis fined $50,000 for Rich Paul going public with trade request

Anthony Davis, Rich Paul

The NBA has fined New Orleans Pelicans star big man Anthony Davis $50,000 for his public trade request.

Anthony Davis’ agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, publicly commented on Davis’ trade request out of New Orleans. AD is making $25,434,263 this season, so the fine won’t be affecting his pockets that much.

In 41 games this season for the Pelicans, Anthony Davis is averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. The five-time All-Star is shooting 50.8 percent from the field, 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 81.2 percent from the free-throw line.

AD is currently out with a left index finger, so he’s not required to speak to the media about his trade request. It’s unclear if the Pelicans will trade Davis before the Feb. 7 trade deadline, or wait until the offseason to do it.

When Anthony Davis signed with Rich Paul before the 2018-19 season started, the writing was pretty much on the wall for The Brow’s exit from The Big Easy. Davis has only advanced past the first-round of the playoffs once during his career in New Orleans. The franchise has failed to surround the former No. 1 overall pick with talent, and now they are paying the price for it.

Davis is actually helping the Pelicans out by requesting a trade so the franchise can get assets in return instead of losing him for nothing in free agency.