Appearing as an analyst on TNT, Golden State Warriors forward Green praised Booker for his performances since the NBA season restarted, before adding it was “not good for him” to be in Phoenix.
“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,” Green said.
“They’ve got to 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.”
In a statement released on Sunday, the NBA announced the comments violated the league’s anti-tampering rule.
Green was indeed jokingly asked on the show if he was tampering, to which he replied: “Maybe.”
“The NBA announced today that it has fined Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors $50,000 for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule,” the statement read.
“The fine is in response to statements Green made as an analyst on TNT on August 7 regarding the Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker.
“As announced prior to the start of the 2019-20 season, the NBA has 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.”
The Suns defeated the Miami Heat on Saturday to stretch their winning streak to five games. They have a 31-39 record and sit 10th in the Western Conference as they aim to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
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