The NBA fined New Orleans Pelicans All-Star forward Anthony Davis $15,000 for directing an obscene gesture toward a fan.

NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe, who announced the fine Thursday, said Davis made the offending gesture as he left the court after the Pelicans' 115-109 loss to the Charlotte Hornets in New Orleans on Wednesday night.

Amateur video posted on the internet shows Davis briefly scowling and extending the third finger on his left hand as he walks toward the tunnel leading off the court at the Smoothie King Center. Davis then immediately engages other fans with friendlier gestures including high-fives, as he often has done, before disappearing down the corridor leading toward the Pelicans' locker room.

Davis, a six-time All-Star drafted by New Orleans in 2012, has drawn heavy criticism from some fans since publicly demanding a trade in late January.

He has missed four straight games while being listed on New Orleans' injury report with back spasms.

The Pelicans visit Phoenix on Friday night.

Pelicans seek GM

The New Orleans Pelicans began interviewing candidates to become the club's new general manager on Thursday, a person familiar with the process said.

The list of candidates includes current Pelicans interim general manager Danny Ferry, formerly of the Cavaliers, as well as former Cavaliers GM David Griffin, Golden State assistant GM Larry Harris, Brooklyn Nets assistant GM Trajan Langon, Houston Rockets assistant GM Gersson Rosas and interim Washington president of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard, the person told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the club has not announced any candidates to fill the job that opened when ninth-year GM Dell Demps was fired amid the fallout from Anthony Davis' trade request.