Draymond Green has been fined $50,000 for tampering comments he made about Devin Booker.
Draymond Green recently made headlines for some comments he made about Phoenix Suns’ guard Devin Booker on TNT’s pregame show for Friday’s matchup between the Philadelphia 76ers and Orlando Magic.
And evidently, those comments have gotten him in trouble.
As first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Green has been fined $50,000 for violating the NBA’s anti-tampering rule in relation to his comments about Booker.
Many speculated at the time that Green’s blatant tampering — whether joking or not — would land him in trouble with the league. And the NBA decided to come down hard against the former Defensive Player of the Year.
When speaking about the red-hot Suns and their resident All-Star, Green had some choice words about Booker and what he should do with his NBA future.
"“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.”"
His co-host, Ernie Johnson, then explicitly asked Green if he was tampering — albeit in a lighthearted manner — to which he responded with a resounding “maybe.”
Perhaps it was his response to that comment that got him in hot water with the league. Or perhaps it was his original comments about how Booker needs to “get out of Phoenix.”
Either way, the damage was done and the NBA brought down the hammer.
Don’t expect Draymond Green’s words to actually bring Devin Booker to the Warriors.
Now, it should be noted that the possibility of Booker ending up with the Golden State Warriors is highly unlikely. The 2019-20 All-Star is just finishing up the first year of a five-year, $158 million contract he signed extension he signed with the team.
The Suns aren’t looking to trade Booker away anytime soon — especially to a division rival.
Not to mention that the package the Warriors would have to give up is pretty much impossible. To make it work from a financial perspective, Golden State would have to include Andrew Wiggins‘ contract.
Meanwhile, they’d also have to throw in a large number of first-round picks as additional draft capital. And even then, who knows if that would get it done.
Simply put, Devin Booker isn’t coming to Golden State. And Green will unfortunately pay for his words that were, in all honesty, nothing more than friendly discussion.