The Modesto Bee (Sunday) - - Sports - — WIRE SER­VICES

Memo re­minds teams not to tam­per: LeBron James told ESPN this month that it would be “amaz­ing” and “in­cred­i­ble” if the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers some­how could ac­quire five-time all-star An­thony Davis, who is un­der con­tract with the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans through at least next sea­son. This set off a bit of a hul­la­baloo about tam­per- ing, with un­named small­mar­ket ex­ec­u­tives com­plain­ing about how they’re al­ways at a dis­ad­van­tage when it comes to re­tain­ing the NBA’s big­gest stars, the Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported.

“It’s New Or­leans’s prob­lem to­day and a prob­lem with a dif­fer­ent player to­mor­row for the rest of us,” an Eastern Con­fer­ence gen­eral man­ager told ESPN. “It’s open sea­son on small mar­kets and our play­ers.”

On Fri­day, the NBA gin­gerly put its foot down in a memo re­mind­ing teams about the league’s anti-tam­per­ing rules, ESPN’s Adrian Wo­j­narowski re­ported. And while it didn’t men­tion James by name, it sure sounds as if it was at least partly di­rected at him.

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