Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has lost approximately $2.23 million in fines and suspensions across his 12-year NBA playing career, according to Spotrac. This figure does not include the undisclosed fine he received for punching Jordan Poole during a team practice last October.
The NBA suspended Green for five games without pay Wednesday for “escalating an on-court altercation” in Tuesday’s game with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Green, Klay Thompson, and Jaden McDaniels were ejected for fighting during the in-season tournament matchup.
The suspension will cost Green $769,704 ($153,941 per game). https://t.co/WKkq8cDEQ2
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) November 16, 2023
Green was suspended for “forcibly grabbing” Rudy Gobert around the neck “in an unsportsmanlike and dangerous manner,” NBA executive vice president Joe Dumars said in a statement.
Dumars said Green’s history of unsportsmanlike conduct played a role in the length of the suspension. Thompson and McDaniels were fined $25,000, along with Gobert for their roles in the incident.
This is Green’s fifth career suspension. The eight-time All-Defensive member is forfeiting a grand total of $769,704 for the five-game suspension. That boils down to $153,941 per game.
Draymond Green has lost $2.23 million in fines, suspensions in NBA career after recently forfeiting $769,704
Fortunately, something good came from this suspension — Golden State saves $2.59 million. The Warriors receive a tax variance credit that is 50% of the total Green fine. The variance is applied to team salary that counts toward the tax, per ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
For those wondering, Green has missed a total of nine games in his career due to suspensions alone. The four-time All-Star paid a $129,644 fine after being assessed a Flagrant 1 foul in Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Furthermore, the NBA fined Green $50,000 for “directing inappropriate and offensive language toward a game official” during the Thunder-Warriors matchup in February 2018.
In November 2018, Golden State issued the two-time All-NBA member a one-game suspension for “conduct detrimental to the team.” Above all else, Green paid a $120,480 fine as well.
How many times has Green been suspended?
Date of Suspension Issued
|June 12, 2016||(1 game) $129,644||Flagrant 1 foul during 2016 NBA Finals|
|November 13, 2018||(1 game) $120,480||Conduct detrimental to team|
|March 16, 2023||(1 game) $177,976)||16th technical foul in GSW-LAC game|
|April 18, 2023||(1 game) $177,976||For stepping on chest of Domantas Sabonis|
|November 15, 2023||(5 games) $769,704||For escalating on-court altercation during MIN-GSW game|
Additionally, Green received a one-game suspension by the league for picking up his 16th technical foul during the Warriors-Clippers game back in March. As a result, the Golden State veteran lost $177,976.
In April, the NBA suspended Green for one game after he stomped on the chest of Sacramento Kings center Domantas Sabonis in Golden State’s 114-106 regular-season loss. Again, he missed out on $177,976.
It should be noted that Green has earned roughly $177.88 million in his NBA career off contracts alone. Of course, this number excludes any endorsement deals.
Moreover, Green inked a four-year, $99.6 million extension with the Warriors in August 2019. In fact, he is owed $22.32 million this season.
Through nine appearances of the 2023-24 season, he’s averaging 8.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game. The Michigan State product is also shooting 48.2% from the floor and 45% beyond the arc.
NBA sportsbooks show Draymond Green with 12th-best odds to win NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Oddsmakers are giving better odds to Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and other stars.
Interesting enough, Gobert is the odds-on favorite to win the award.