It doesn’t matter Lasry was responding to a report about Davis’ interest in the Bucks. Davis is still under contract with the Pelicans. As vague and arbitrarily enforced as the NBA’s tampering rules are, this was a clear violation.
Malika Andrews of ESPN:
The league was right – based on its written rules – to punish Lasry. But why $25,000?
The Lakers recently got fined $500,000 for one tampering violation then $50,000 for another. Was the $500,000 violation (Paul George) 10 times as egregious as Lasry’s? Was the $50,000 violation (Giannis Antetokounmpo) twice as egregious as Lasry’s? Was the $50,000 violation higher only because the Lakers were a repeat offender?