‣ The NBA has reinstated Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green after a 12-game suspension. He is expected to return to the lineup in about a week.
‣ Green’s suspension was issued after he delivered a blow to the head of veteran center Jusuf Nurkic during a game against the Phoenix Suns.
‣ Throughout his career, Green has lost almost $4.2 million due to fines and suspensions. His most recent suspension saved the Golden State Warriors almost $9 million on their projected luxury tax bill.
Draymond Green, the Golden State Warriors’ forward, is back in the game. The NBA lifted his indefinite suspension on Saturday, after a 12-game hiatus.
At 33, Green is all set to rejoin the lineup against the Toronto Raptors this Sunday. But, he’s gonna need about a week of ramp-up before he’s game-ready, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
He’s been away from the team during the suspension. Now, he’s expected to return to the Warriors’ practice facility on Sunday.
The NBA slapped Green with an indefinite ban on December 13. This happened a day after he landed a blow on the head of Jusuf Nurkic, a veteran center, in a 119-116 loss to the Phoenix Suns.
As per NBA betting sites, the Golden State Warriors are 11th in line to win this season’s championship. The Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, and Phoenix Suns seem to have better odds, according to sportsbooks.
Green was ejected from the December 12 game against Phoenix during the third quarter. He was called for a Flagrant 2 foul after being seen swinging his right arm before striking Nurkic.
The league said, “Green completed steps that demonstrated his commitment to conforming his conduct to standards expected of NBA players.” He’s had meetings with a counselor and representatives of the NBA, the Warriors, and the National Basketball Players Association. These meetings will continue throughout the season.
Green’s reinstatement journey involved participating in group video calls. These calls included Klutch CEO agent Rich Paul, team trainer Rick Celebrini, and Warriors general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. This was part of the “certain league and team conditions” that Green had to fulfill.
Wojnarowski mentioned that these Zoom meetings are playing a role in how the NBA, the National Basketball Players Association, and the Warriors measure Green’s progress. They’re looking at how he’s dealing with issues that might have contributed to repeated violent episodes with opponents and a former teammate.
Before announcing his ban, the league considered Green’s extensive history. He had put Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert in a chokehold during an NBA In-Season Tournament matchup, a few weeks before striking Nurkic. Green, a Michigan State product, was issued a five-game suspension. This was his fifth suspension in his 12-year career.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, “The one who choked Rudy, the one who took a wild flail at Jusuf, the one who punched Jordan [Poole] last year — that’s the guy who needs to change.” Kerr emphasized that this is not just about an outburst on the court. It’s about Green’s life.
Green was suspended five games for “escalating an on-court altercation.” During his suspension and counseling process, he was required to distance himself from Kerr and most of his teammates. Kerr said, “Space was important for him and us. We’re trying to win games, and he’s trying to put himself in a position to come back.”
Green is currently signed to a four-year, $100 million contract. He’s making $22.32 million this season and is slated to earn $24.10 million in 2024-25. He lost just under $2 million while serving the suspension. This saved Golden State almost $9 million on their projected luxury tax bill, as per ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
Before his indefinite ban, Green had already lost about $2.23 million in fines and suspensions. This figure does not include the undisclosed fine he received for punching Jordan Poole during a team practice in October 2022. With his latest suspension factored in, Green has lost nearly $4.2 million in fines and suspensions overall.
The Warriors went 7-5 during Green’s 12 games away from the team. For the season, they are 10-10 when Green hasn’t been available because of injuries or suspensions. They are 7-8 in his 15 games played.