Finally, we have a good use for any of those “cash considerations” the Milwaukee Bucks may have traded for since new ownership took over. Let’s just let Marc Lasry run his mouth Lebron James-style and rattle off the players he wants Milwaukee to target in the offseason. After making comments about Anthony Davis being a player the Bucks would want to play on their team, it appears the league took umbrage with his overtures and promptly fined him $25,000, according to Malika Andrews of ESPN.
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
The quote stems from a Sporting News article that touches on the fact Milwaukee made Anthony Davis’ list of preferred locations he would sign a big-money contract in. Here’s the quote in its entirety as clipped from the article:
“I saw that report, and I think it’s great,” Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry told Sporting News near the Barclays Center court after his team shredded a depleted Nets club in Brooklyn. “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.”
Eh, seems innocuous enough to me, but the entire Anthony Davis situation has seemingly got the league office in a tizzy. They reportedly wanted the Pelicans to get Davis back into regular playing time, and these comments only further stoke the obvious tampering fires that have been set aflame and doused in gasoline these past few seasons. The Lakers, of course, have been the biggest offenders, as Magic Johnson has had to open up his pocket books to the tune of $500,000 in the past after the Paul George ordeal. Ironically, Johnson also had to pay $50,000 after praising the play of Giannis and indicating he’ll bring a championship to Milwaukee.
I think most of us are of the belief that tampering occurs fairly blatantly behind closed doors, so these piddly fines are more of a farce to me than anything else. However, as Bucks fans, do you think this type of behavior behooves the franchise? Personally, I don’t care that he said it. It’s mainly posturing, but it never hurts to have your owner try and wave the flag publicly for why your market should be considered across the league. I’m not sure how deep Giannis’ networking goes given he actively avoids offseason workouts with players and isn’t involved with Team USA, so a little public recruitment never hurt. With pockets as cavernous as Lasry’s, who cares. I’m curious as to your thoughts on the matter though, so let us know in the comments below.