Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry was reportedly fined $25,000 by the NBA for violating the league's tampering rules surrounding New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis, according to ESPN's Malika Andrews.

Lasry made the comments in question during an interview with the Sporting News. Prior to the NBA trade deadline, a report had emerged suggesting that Davis, who requested a trade away from the Pelicans, would be willing to sign a long-term deal with four teams, including the Bucks.

"I saw that report, and I think it’s great," Lasry said. "It’s a little bit of what we want. We want players to come and play in Milwaukee. And part of it is, when you’re winning and you’re setting a standard for excellence, people see that. People want to win.

"It doesn’t make a difference if you’re in Milwaukee, New York or LA. The whole goal is winning. So we hope it would be players like Anthony Davis and others who want to come to Milwaukee."

The Pelicans did not trade Davis prior to last week's deadline and will likely deal him this upcoming offseason, giving Milwaukee a chance at landing the five-time All-Star. The Bucks will hope to pair Davis with star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has helped Milwaukee into first place in the Eastern Conference with a 41–14 record.