“Get my man out of Phoenix.”
Those six words will reportedly cost Draymond Green $50,000, as the NBA has fined the Golden State Warriors’ forward for his take on Devin Booker’s situation with the Suns. But he didn’t stop there. Green also said Phoenix is “not good for him, it’s not good for his career” and “I need my man to go somewhere he can play great basketball all the time and win.”
The $50,000 fine is the maximum amount the NBA can dish out before a player can file a grievance with the league, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. The NBA tightened the tampering rules before this season, specifically emphasizing player-to-player tampering, salary-cap circumvention and free-agency timing. Booker is currently under contract with the Suns until the summer of 2024 – he signed a five year, 158 million-dollar extension with the team back in 2018.
Marks tweeted this image of the player-to-player tampering rules Green violated with his comments:
After Green made his remarks as a guest analyst on TNT’s Inside the NBA, show host Ernie Johnson asked Green if he was tampering.
Draymond to be fined $50k for his comments about Devin Booker, per @ChrisBHaynes
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 9, 2020
Well, the league certainly thought so.