NBA suspends Warriors’ Draymond Green indefinitely

NBA suspends Warriors’ Draymond Green indefinitely

After Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green struck Phoenix center Jusuf Nurkic in the face in Tuesday’s loss to the Suns, resulting in his third ejection in a 15-game stretch, the National Basketball Association clearly felt like it was time to make a statement.

It did exactly that last night in announcing that Green is suspended indefinitely.

This is Green’s second suspension of the season. He was hit with a five-game suspension on Nov. 15 after “forcibly grabbing” Rudy Gobert around the neck during a skirmish during at loss to Minnesota.

The five-game suspension cost Green $769,970 in salary, and it’s unknown how much money this to-be-determined absence will impact the Michigan State product’s wallet.

If the suspension is 20 games or fewer, each missed contest will cost Green $153,941. If his absence last more than 20 games, he’ll be docked $202,922 of salary per game.

When Green punched former teammate Jordan Poole in the face at a practice during preseason last year, he announced that he was taking time away from the team to “work on himself.” However, he’s been suspended four more times since then.

In an interview on ESPN earlier today, NBA Executive VP & Head of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars said, “We knew that there would be some level of punishment, but we didn’t want that to be the focus…Indefinite means get yourself right.”

In the statement released by The Association last night, it said, “[Green] will be required to meet certain league and team conditions before he returns to play.”

Green will reportedly meet with his agent Rich Paul and Golden St. GM Mike Dunleavy Jr. today for a conversation about moving forward with counseling and meeting other markers the NBA has in mind before his reinstatement will be considered.

Golden State signed Green, who has now been suspended by the NBA six times during his career, to a new contract worth $100 million this past July.

In 15 games this year, Green is averaging 9.7 points, 5.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game. He’s shooting at a 49.0 percent clip from the field, has made a career-best 42.9 percent from 3-point range and a career-high 83.3 percent of his free throws.

Golden State (10-13 straight up, 10-13 against the spread) is a 5.5-point road underdog tonight against the Clippers in Los Angeles. The Warriors go into tonight’s action in 11th place in the Western Conference, 2.5 games behind Phoenix for the final spot in the play-in tournament.

They’re eight games back of Denver for the No. 4 seed and 5.5 games behind Sacramento for the sixth seed, which allows team to avoid the play-in tournament.