The Pelicans initially planned to sit Davis for the rest of the season once they responded to his request to be traded by deciding to keep him beyond Thursday’s deadline, according to two people familiar with New Orleans’ stance who were not authorized to discuss it publicly. But the league office said it intervened because of its rules about resting healthy players, which are in place largely to prevent teams from weakening their rosters intentionally to incur losses that could improve their draft position in June. The practice is known as “tanking.” The Pelicans maintain that they were trying to protect Davis from a serious injury during the final 28 regular-season games before the off-season, when they do intend to trade him after they field offers from a wider base of teams than those who made competitive offers last week, according to the people.
August 18, 2019 | 7:41 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: The Grizzlies are granting the Los Angeles Lakers permission to speak with Dwight Howard, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Ramona Shelburne: As @VeniceMase and I discussed the other day on @ESPNLosAngeles … Dwight Howard may have left town on bad terms with some in LA. But he always had a good relationship with Jeanie Buss. Remember, Jeanie and Phil tweeting at him during the recruiting process.
“I heard great things about the city and the fans,” Dorsey said. “I can no longer wait see and interact with everyone. I am excited and looking forward to a great season. Shoutout for all you Maccabi fans, we will see you all soon”.
August 18, 2019 | 5:34 pm EDT Update
ShowtimeForum: “By all accounts @Dwight Howard is motivated right now and he wants to be a part of a potential #Lakers team. He’s excited about the prospects of joining @LeBron James & @Anthony Davis and doing really whatever is asked of him.” 🎥 @ShamsCharania pic.twitter.com/gjDRguwxmb