Pelicans’ Anthony Davis fined $50,000 over his public trade demand

Anthony Davis’ agent let everyone know he wants out of New Orleans, and now it will cost his client $50,000.

The NBA fined the Pelicans’ forward/center because of his agent’s comments that Davis won’t sign an extension and wants to be traded.

The league office said in a written statement released Tuesday evening that Davis violated a collectively bargained rule prohibiting players or their representatives from making public trade demands.

The NBA said the fine is for statements that were made by Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, on Monday in an intentional effort to undermine the contractual relationship between Davis and the Pelicans.

Davis is under contract with New Orleans through the end of the 2019-20 season.

The Pelicans have made the playoffs in only two of his six full NBA seasons and won only one playoff series, sweeping Portland in the first round last season before falling in five games to the champion Warriors in the second round.

Davis has averaged 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game this season, but he has missed the past four games with a sprained left index finger while the Pelicans have fallen to 23-28 after defeating Houston 121-116 on Tuesday night.

Had Davis been committed to remaining in New Orleans, he would be eligible this summer for a five-year, roughly $240 million extension.

Tuesday’s games

Pelicans 121, Rockets 116: Jahlil Okafor scored 27 points and shorthanded New Orleans overcame an early 15-point deficit to beat host Houston. James Harden scored 37 points for the Rockets to extend his streak of 30-point games to 24, but he had a tough shooting night, making 11 of 32 from the floor.

Spurs 126, Suns 124: Rudy Gay hit a 21-foot jumper at the buzzer and host San Antonio overcame Devin Booker’s 38 points to escape with a victory and extend Phoenix’s losing streak to nine games.

Bucks 115, Pistons 105: Giannis Antetokounmpo had 21 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to help visiting Milwaukee keep the distinction of being the league’s only team without two straight losses. The NBA-leading Bucks are 13-0 after losing . Reggie Jackson matched a season high with 25 points for Detroit.

Thunder 126, Magic 117: Paul George had 37 points, Russell Westbrook posted another triple-double (23 points, 14 rebounds, 14 assists), and Dennis Schroder scored 18 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to rally visiting Oklahoma City to its sixth straight victory.

Nets 122, Bulls 117: D’Angelo Russell scored 30 points, Shabazz Napier had 24 off the bench and Brooklyn beat Chicago for its ninth straight win at home. Lauri Markkanen had 18 points and a career-high 19 rebounds for the Bulls.

Cavaliers 116, Wizards 113: Jordan Clarkson scored 28 points, Cedi Osman had 26 and host Cleveland held off Washington’s fourth-quarter comeback. Cleveland matched a season high with 15 3-pointers and built a 25-point lead in the fourth before Washington’s reserves roared back. The Cavaliers won back-to-back games for the second time this season.

76ers 121, Lakers 105: Joel Embiid scored 28 points, Jimmy Butler added 20 and visiting Philadelphia led throughout. Brandon Ingram had a career-high 36 points for the Lakers, who were missing Kyle Kuzma (hip) along with LeBron James and Lonzo Ball. Embiid appeared to hurt his back early in the fourth quarter when he fell on an alley-oop attempt but returned.

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