Pelicans' Davis fined

The NBA has fined New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis $50,000 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 that Davis violated a collectively bargained rule prohibiting players or their representatives from making public trade demands.

The NBA says 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.

He was drafted by the Pelicans with the first overall pick in 2012 after winning an NCAA national championship with Kentucky and has been named an All-Star the previous five seasons.

However, 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 champion Golden State in the second round.

Davis has averaged 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game this season. Had Davis been committed to remaining in New Orleans, he would be eligible this summer for a five-year, roughly $240 million extension with the Pelicans that would have kicked in beginning with the 2020-21 season.

The Pelicans have acknowledged Davis' preference to be traded and appear inclined to honor it rather than lose him for nothing. But a statement from the franchise made it clear that the Pelicans' brass are prepared to be patient while awaiting a deal done on their terms and timeline.

 

Player enters plea

Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird has pleaded not guilty to two additional charges in connection with an alleged act of domestic violence against his girlfriend last September.

Bird was arraigned Wednesday in Boston on witness intimidation and threatening to commit a crime charges. He pleaded not guilty in September to charges including assault and battery on a household or family member and remains free on bail.

Prosecutors allege the 24-year-old Bird choked and kicked his girlfriend and prevented her from leaving his apartment. The woman attends an area college.

In court documents released Wednesday, prosecutors say he also threatened to kill the woman.

Bird's lawyer, Brian Kelly, said after the arraignment that "We are hoping to resolve this soon," without elaborating.

Bird is listed on the Celtics' roster but hasn't played this season.