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Draymond Green admits Devin Booker needs to leave the Phoenix Suns, Lands himself in ‘tampering’ trouble

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Golden State Warriors’ forward Draymond Green’s comments were brought into the spotlight once again. Lacking brevity in conversation, Green took a jibe at the Phoenix Suns exhorting them to trade Devin Booker after his impressive form in the NBA bubble in Orlando.

The Suns have had a perfect 4-0 record in the NBA bubble. Devon Booker has played a crucial part in their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs, including a buzzer-beating win over the Los Angeles Clippers. He has averaged 28 points and 6.5 rebounds, since the restart.

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Green and Booker in an NBA game.
Green and Booker in an NBA game.

“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. Sorry Chuck, 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”, Green said.

“When he was there, the organization was terrible. Everything was going wrong. But he get blamed, like he’s the problem. When he left, ain’t nothing go right. That’s my take on it.”

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Draymond Green’s Golden State Warriors have already been eliminated from this season’s playoffs and was invited to be part of TNT’s ‘Inside the NBA’. Green had earlier blasted the Suns for the handling of  Marquese Chriss, who thrived under the Golden State Warriors this season.

According to experts, Green’s comments, being an active player in the NBA, should be considered “tampering”.

Could Draymond Green be fined?

In 2018, the NBA fined the Los Angeles Lakers $50,000 after Magic Johnson spoke about Giannis Antetokounmpo winning a championship for the Milwaukee Bucks. In a bizarre twist, the NBA also fined the Milwaukee Bucks for tampering with Antetokounmpo in 2019, after team GM Jon Horst said the Bucks would offer Antetokounmpo a max contract.

Booker is yet to complete the first season of a five-year, $158 million contract extension he signed with the Suns.

Draymond Green will be hoping to return to the court for the 2020-21 season.
Draymond Green will be hoping to return to the court for the 2020-21 season.

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Draymond Green has been backed by many to continue a career in broadcasting after his recent run of explosive comments, once he retires. But, if his comments are a way of bringing Booker to GSW, then it is likely that they’ll have to look at other young guns to make them championship contenders once again.

The NBA has a pretty strict ‘tampering’ rule for players, coaches and staff and it is quite likely that Green’s comments on Friday might land him in trouble and be penalised with a fine.

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