Pelicans won't trade Anthony Davis 'under any circumstance,' Alvin Gentry says

Stephen A: LeBron's comments on Davis are not tampering (0:51)

Stephen A. Smith reveals that league sources do not see LeBron James' comments on Anthony Davis as tampering, unless owners complain. (0:51)

New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry on Friday was crystal clear on where his team stands with star Anthony Davis.

"No we're not trading him," Gentry said to open up his media availability. "We're not trading him under any circumstance. You can move on from that one."

Gentry's decision to reiterate a point he's made multiple times comes after Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James said Tuesday it "would be amazing" to play with Davis in L.A.

"That would be amazing," James told ESPN's Dave McMenamin of the Lakers hypothetically acquiring Davis. "That would be amazing, like, duh. That would be incredible."

James' Lakers teammate Kyle Kuzma, who could potentially be included in a Davis trade, agreed with James' assessment.

"Michael Jordan would probably want to play with [Davis]," Kuzma said Friday.

Davis, 25, is averaging 28 points, 12.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 2.8 blocks and 1.7 steals per game for a Pelicans team that is under .500, at 15-17, putting New Orleans 13th in the Western Conference.

Davis, whose agency also represents James, is under contract with the Pelicans for $27.1 million next season and has a player option for 2020-21 worth $28.8 million, meaning the Lakers would have to trade for the five-time All-Star should they want to acquire him before he becomes a free agent.

James' remarks have sparked debate over whether players should be privy to the same tampering charges to which coaches and front office personnel are subjected.

"Why is it not tampering if players are saying it?" Gentry openly wondered Friday.

He also shot back, "So should we start having [Davis] say, 'Why don't we trade for LeBron?'"

But before the Pelicans and Lakers played on Friday night, Gentry appeared to defend James against allegations of tampering.

"We keep talking LeBron James, LeBron James, LeBron James," Gentry said. "He was asked a question and he answered it, you know. If he doesn't answer it, then you guys talk about him not answering it. If he answers it, then everybody says he's tampering. I think it puts him in a bad situation."

Several general managers around the league told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that they reached out to New Orleans GM Dell Demps to express dismay over what they perceive as the NBA's tacit endorsement of James' comments.

"It's New Orleans' problem today, and a problem with a different player tomorrow for the rest of us," one Eastern Conference GM told Wojnarowski. "It's open season on small markets and our players."

ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk contributed to this story.