New Orleans plans to challenge NBA’s provision forcing them to play Anthony Davis
With the next four games including two against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Pelicans could well choose to keep the circus away from town and hope to convince the league to change its stance that forces them to play Davis, as one of the NBA’s marquee players, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.
“There were strong signals in Charlotte that the Pelicans — with Danny Ferry now serving as their acting general manager in the wake of Friday’s firing of Dell Demps — intend to re-engage the N.B.A. this week in hopes of convincing league officials to rethink their stance about forcing them to play Davis.”
This Ferry-led front office will fight the NBA on a potential $100,000 fine the team would incur for every game Davis sits out, which at this point could be as much as $2.3 million if The Brow was to sit out the rest of the season.
Anthony Davis already faced plenty of questions on All-Star Weekend, making it that much worse by saying he’s open to all other 29 teams that are hoping to take a stab at his services.
Playing him in two games against the Lakers would only propel the rumor mill that much more and potentially bring in even more unwanted attention to the team, which has played formidably in his absence.
If the Pelicans manage to convince the league, the NBA Players Association could meddle in the matter and impose a sanction, but it’s one the front office would have to be willing to eat to make their point clear. Franchise over anything.