The NBA has decided to impose a five-game suspension on Golden State’s Draymond Green, including the upcoming In-Season Tournament game against the Spurs, as reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
In an official statement, the NBA cited Green’s history of unsportsmanlike behavior as a factor influencing the length of the suspension.
Additionally, Warriors’ player Klay Thompson and Timberwolves’ Rudy Gobert, and Jaden McDaniels are facing $25,000 fines each, according Wojnarowski. The financial impact on Draymond Green amounts to a loss of $769,970 due to the extended suspension.
This disciplinary action stems from an altercation during Tuesday’s game, where Klay Thompson and Jaden McDaniels were involved in grabbing and shoving, leading to a temporary stoppage in play.
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Draymond Green escalated the situation by putting Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert in a headlock for an extended period. Despite officials determining that Gobert was attempting to deescalate, Green received a flagrant 2 foul and an ejection.
Earlier reports by Wojnarowski hinted at the NBA reviewing the incident, with Draymond Green being a focal point due to the Gobert headlock and his history of on-court physicality and suspensions.
Notably, Green’s past suspension during the 2023 playoffs for stepping on Domantas Sabonis was referenced, highlighting his status as a “repeat offender” in the league’s decision-making process.