Pelicans star Anthony Davis fined $50K for making public trade request

Anthony Davis has been fined by the NBA.

The league announced Tuesday it was fining the Pelicans star $50,000 for the public trade request made by his agent, Rich Paul. The NBA “commenced an investigation” into the demand earlier this week.

“Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship,” Paul told ESPN on Monday. “Anthony wanted to be honest and clear with his intentions and that’s the reason for informing them of this decision now. That’s in the best interests of both Anthony’s and the organization’s future.”

Davis, 25, a five-time All-Star, is having a career-year for New Orleans. He’s averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.

The star forward is currently sidelined with a finger injury. The Pelicans aren’t planning to move Davis before the Feb. 7 trade deadline unless they are “offered an overwhelming package” for him, according to ESPN

The Pelicans will play the Rockets on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.