Draymond Green reacts to $50,000 fine for Devin Booker comments
In apparent response to the news, the three-time champion simply tweeted a series of crying-laughing face emojis on Sunday afternoon:
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) August 9, 2020
During a guest analyst appearance on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” on Friday, the All-Star forward bluntly insinuated that Booker should look to move on from Phoenix.
Green lauded the Suns for their terrific start in bubble play before adding, “get my man out of Phoenix.”
Green elaborated further:
“It’s not good for him. It’s not good for his career,” Draymond Green said.
“They gotta get Book out of Phoenix. I need my man to go somewhere where he can play great basketball all the time and win, because he’s that type of player.”
Host Ernie Johnson asked Green if he thought he may be in danger of violating the league’s recently tightened tampering rules with his off-the-cuff remarks on air.
“Maybe,” Green acknowledged.
well this just happened pic.twitter.com/ZeVyNp8Blw
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) August 7, 2020
Evidently, the NBA thought so.
The NBA’s revised tampering rules emphasizes player-to-player communication (unclear how that’s being monitored within the Disney World walls). Accordingly, Green was fined the maximum amount allowed.
Booker is under contract with Phoenix through 2023-24 after signing a five-year, $158 million extension during the 2018 offseason. He made his first All-Star team in 2020.
The 23-year-old has not yet experienced playoff action with the Suns in his five-year career, and the franchise has not qualified for the postseason in a decade. However, Phoenix’s undefeated start in Orlando — propelled by Booker’s 29.4 points per game in the bubble — places them two games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the Western Conference’s eighth seed and half a game behind the Portland Trail Blazers for the Mo. 9 spot.