Report: Pelicans face 100K per game fine if they sideline healthy Anthony Davis

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The threat of a possible $100,000 fine for every game Anthony Davis is healthy and sits factored in the decison by the New Orleans Pelicans to play him the rest of this season, according to an ESPN report.

In a release Thursday, Pelicans general manger Dell Demps confirmed that Davis will play the remainder of the season when healthy, after the team did not deal him before the NBA’s trade deadline. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that league sources told the Pelicans’ front office that they could face the fines due to a rule instituted last season to keep NBA teams from having healthy players sit out games.

Interestingly, the rule was adopted because teams like the Spurs have chosen to rest older but healthy players but also non-contending teams have done so in apparent ‘tanking’ efforts to improve draft position. The case in New Orleans is unique since Davis asked for a trade because he no longer wanted to play for the Pelicans, and the team does not want to see a valuable asset who can be traded this summer suffer an injury before then.

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