The physical confrontation between Warriors forward Draymond Green and guard Jordan Poole at practice at least partially involved Poole’s incessant talk about his contract situation, according to TMZ Sports.
A video posted by TMZ revealed the incident, with the teammates first getting in each other’s face. Poole then pushed Green away, and Green responded with multiple punches that landed.
Both Poole and Green are up for contract extensions this season — though Green has said publicly that he doesn’t believe the Warriors will give him one during the season.
Meanwhile, Poole has reportedly made the possibility his own large contract extension known around the practice facility.
“Sources who were at the practice where Green punched Poole tell us … in the days leading up to the incident, Poole was carrying himself differently — in a cocky manner,” TMZ wrote. “The alleged behavior was creating friction between him and some of his teammates, including Draymond, who has reportedly also asked for a big extension.”
Green reportedly called Poole a “b****” multiple times during a scrimmage, a reaction to Poole calling fouls.
“Things escalated when Poole allegedly said, ‘You know what it is, Draymond.’ — seemingly bragging over the contract situation — and Draymond got in Poole’s face, allegedly saying, ‘No I don’t know, what is it?'” TMZ wrote.
TMZ has obtained and released the Draymond Green – Jordan Poole altercation video. Here it is. #dubnation pic.twitter.com/KbxlZqHBeA
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Warriors GM Bob Myers told reporters he doesn’t expect Green to be suspended for the incident.
“He’s been over that line. But he always comes back,” Myers said, via Mark Medina of NBA.com. “He’s a unique guy. He helps us win.”
Warriors guard Steph Curry also addressed the situation when speaking to reporters.
“There’s nothing that warranted the situation,” Curry said. “I want to make that clear. It’s also something we feel like will not derail our season and what we’re trying to build. That’s with Draymond a part of that.”
“Someone put out there that Jordan had an attitude during camp — that couldn’t be further from the truth,” Kerr said, via ESPN’s Kendra Andrews.
Green, 32, has a $27.6 million player option for 2023-24, meaning he could potentially test free agency in July.
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