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.