Did Warriors’ forward Draymond Green just get caught tampering on live TV?
The Warriors’ struggles this past season have been well-documented as the team finished with an NBA-worst 15-50 record — a stark contrast to their dynasty-level success over the past half-decade.
But with the season now behind them, the Warriors are moving on and looking forward to what will hopefully be a more fruitful season next year.
Green made a guest appearance on TNT’s pregame show for Friday’s matchup between the Philadelphia 76ers and Orlando Magic. And some comments he made while on the show have been making headlines.
“It’s great to see Book playing well and Phoenix playing well, but get my man out of Phoenix. It’s not good for him. It’s not good for his career. They gotta get Book out of Phoenix. I need my man somewhere he can play great basketball all the time and win because he’s that type of player.”
Co-host Ernie Johnson then asked — somewhat lightheartedly — if Green was tampering to which Draymond responded with a balmy “maybe.”
Do Draymond Green’s words actually mean anything?
Obviously, we should get one thing out of the way first. Devin Booker isn’t coming to Golden State.
Booker is still finishing up the first year of a five-year, $158 million extension he recently signed with the Suns. There is little chance the Suns look to move him anytime soon — especially to a division rival.
Not to mention that the hoops the Warriors would have to jump through just to be able to afford Booker are impractical. They would have to rid themselves of Andrew Wiggins‘ contract and provide ample draft capital for the trade to even be considered somewhat fair.
And even if somehow the Warriors were able to give up what it takes to acquire Booker, where exactly would he fit in? Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are both expected to be ready for next season meaning that there isn’t really room for him in the backcourt.
And after the failed D’Angelo Russell experiment, it’s unlikely the Warriors are going to go down that path again.
Evidently, Green was just messing around. But no one really knows how seriously the NBA will take these comments — they don’t exactly have the most consistent history with dishing out tampering fines.
Either way, it’s pretty safe to say that Devin Booker isn’t ending up with the Warriors any time in the near future.