Draymond Green Fined For Violating Anti-Tampering Rule

Warriors forward Draymond Green has been fined $50K for comments he made about the Suns‘ Devin Booker on TNT, the NBA announced on Twitter.

The league considers Green’s suggestion that Booker should force his way out of Phoenix so he can play for a better organization to be a violation of its anti-tampering rule. In announcing the fine, the league notes that before the current season, it “adopted a stricter enforcement approach for conduct relating to tampering, salary cap circumvention, and free agency timing rules, including with respect to the rule prohibiting player-to-player tampering.”

Green, who is serving as a studio host during the NBA’s restart, raised eyebrows Friday with pointed comments toward the Suns and his opinion on Booker’s future.

“It’s great to see Book playing well and Phoenix playing well, but get my man out of Phoenix,” he said. “It’s not good for him, it’s not good for his career. Sorry Chuck (Charles Barkley), but they’ve gotta get Book out of Phoenix. I need my man to go somewhere that he can play great basketball all of the time and win, because he’s that kind of player.”

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40 thoughts on “Draymond Green Fined For Violating Anti-Tampering Rule

  1. coachtim

    I thought Green has carte Blanche to say anything ? Warriors are allowed to mouth on anything

      • Appalachian_Outlaw

        You’re not wrong. You’re allowed to have any opinion you wish; and express it freely, so long as you understand it may come with consequences.

  2. ThePeople'sElbow

    don’t recall LBJ getting fined $50K for saying how he’d love to have AD as a teammate.

    • Appalachian_Outlaw

      Different situation, with some plausible deniability. LBJ could’ve had designs on going to NO, right? I know that’s not true. You know that’s not true. The league knew it. It’s not what you know though, it’s what you can prove.

        • Appalachian_Outlaw

          That doesn’t mean he couldn’t have asked to be traded, though. Again, everyone knows that wouldn’t happen, but he was careful enough with the wording that you can’t prove his intent. That’s the key.

          Green didn’t push for Booker to GS, but he was very clearly trying to get a contracted player off of the team he is contracted to.

    • Wyoming Bison Expansion Team

      In announcing the fine, the league notes that before the current season, it “adopted a stricter enforcement approach for conduct relating to tampering, salary cap circumvention, and free agency timing rules, including with respect to the rule prohibiting player-to-player tampering.”

      Try reading the article Draymond.

    • hiflew

      Saying you’d love a player as a teammate is MUCH different than telling someone he needs to get out of his current situation. Technically it is the same thing, but contextually they are much different. One is praising a player and the other is denigrating an organization.

      • Hiflew exactly. I never heard LeBron say, “yeah New Orleans is wack.. Anthony Davis needs to get out of there ASAP.”

  3. Wyoming Bison Expansion Team

    He makes any more dumb comments this year they should strip the warriors of their second rounder.

    An organization is responsible for it’s players. He wants to mouth off and warriors won’t do anything about it they should be punished too.

      • hiflew

        It’s hard to see anyone else’s bias showing with yours taking up so much space.

        • xtraflamy

          I know you are but what am I? Can I get you a kickball so you do something less boring during recess?

        • ThePeople'sElbow

          you’re right. I have an extreme bias to double standards that predicate on semantic arguments. ya got me. but you seem to be fine with that so keep on doing you.

    • yourmomsbox

      Wow, that is very stupid. Yes, it’s just your opinion but it’s a stupid one. He stated actual facts that the Sun’s don’t offer that player a chance to play winning basketball based on their record and history. He got fined for it because the league felt it was a tampering statement, that’s it. Nothing else to it.. leave your clear bias at the door.

  4. Appalachian_Outlaw

    I think Draymond thought he could skirt the rules there, and he thought wrong. Good on the NBA for this one.

    • ThePeople'sElbow

      don’t confuse his comments with any sort of premeditation. Draymond keeping it 100 all the time and his comments are not wrong, he’s getting punished for saying what everyone knows.

      • x%sure

        No, not what everybody knows, especially with the Suns 5-0. Booker should finish what he started, and signed a contract for. Not every team would have given him what he got.

        This thing were a player signs a big contract with a bad team that needs him, then forces himself out onto a good team with that same money, is BS.

        Dray being Dray is not an excuse, and $50k is tiny for him.

        • ThePeople'sElbow

          Look I don’t care about the money, it’s not mine anyways but again you’re conflating Draymond’s opinion with Booker “forcing himself off the Suns”.

          Everyone knows the Suns are bad, when’s the last time they made the playoffs? A decade ago?

          Not everyone is Dame Lillard, do you loathe Westbrook and Paul George then for being chumps?

          • x%sure

            PG is a chump. Westbrook no, he spent a long time in OKC… longer than Lilliad in Portland!
            The Suns may get in this year.
            IDK, Dray conflated initially, not sure the point.

        • jump shot

          50k isn’t tiny for him. He wouldn’t throw a gym bag with 50k in it out of his car window.
          He has to realize his job isnt Ernie, Chuck, Kenny, and Shaq’s job…. he’s a current player and as a guest on the show he has to have a filter.
          He knows now.
          But, yeah, he WAS right about Booker.

          • x%sure

            Okay I used tiny because it’s short. But 50k is not tiny.

            A force-out good for Booker? Disagree.

            I agreed with Butler forcing his way out on MIN, and that was before anyone said he was even forcing. But he had reason, beyond just getting acqiured to be a tough guy for Wiggins & Towns, like Thibodeau, which is not fair. At least Thibs was paid to police, also getting the GM job, meaning a solid front for conflict.

            Butler’s trade was cynical because Taylor planned to max mediocre Wiggins, meaning Butler would get his salary shorted besides. Just a bad sequence of events.

            Booker has had everything given to him the Suns could, including the max, for a guy who just dribbles down the court and shoots, no thought in his head. And he has three years left. He’s a brat if he forces in the ne xt couple years.

  5. mdunkel

    Only thing Green doesn’t realize he was lucky enough to play with Curry and Thompson and some with KD. Their winning gave him a voice. Had he not played with them he would of been just another has been Journey man and with his antics on a losing team wouldn’t be tolerated.

    • He’s on TV because he’s colorful. That and he’s not afraid to speak his mind. They’re not going to get the generic, Adam Silver is this okay? type of comments.

  6. washington_bonercats

    So ridiculous. He’s not even talking to Booker he’s just saying that he should get out of Phoenix and play for a better team. It’s got nothing to do with Dre? If Stephen A said that on First Take would the NBA ban players from watching ESPN? What a joke.

    • x%sure

      Another bad comparison.
      Anyway, journalists are discouraged from inflamatory remarks, maybe not with fines, who knows, maybe with assignments and thus income and prestige, depending.
      Awful post. You can’t ban players from watching espn. Dray said more than what you said he said.
      “It’s got nothing to do with Dre”? What?

  7. El Don

    Outrageous that the league fines poor Dray! He only said the truth! Mad world when a man gets fined for honesty! Tampering rules suck, shouldn’t even exist if you ask me!

  8. KnickerbockerAl

    Frankly Bron did the same thing. It’s a good point. He didn’t even get a reprimand. Green just talking. It’s not like he can go to Warriors.

    • x%sure

      All players with clout recruit free agents.
      Green was not even necessarily recruiting, but encouraging fraud and running down a franchise.

  9. joeyrocafella

    Draymond didn’t suggest that Booker force a trade to the Warriors… He simply said it’s not good for his careerto stay in Phoenix. Tampering seems a bit over the top here

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