The Golden State Warriors are considering disciplinary action against All-Star forward Draymond Green following an altercation with a teammate.
According to The Athletic, Green and fourth-year guard Jordan Poole were initially involved in a « heated interaction » during practice before Green « forcefully struck » Poole.
Neither player is understood to have sustained any serious injuries as a result of the clash, and team officials are currently reviewing the incident.
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Green and Poole’s clash resulted in practice being stopped as Warriors teammates attempted to mend fences between the two championship players.
According to Yahoo’s Chris Haynes, an emotional Green was « apologetic » towards Poole in the aftermath of the incident, with the altercation one that had built up throughout training camp.
Adding a wrinkle to the clash is that both players are up for contract extensions, with Poole expected to receive one in-season, while Green looks likely to have to wait until after the season.
Green, a four-time NBA All-Star, signed a four-year, $153 million extension with the Warriors in the summer of 2019 and has a player option worth over $42 million on the final year of that deal for the 2023-24 season.
Poole is eligible for a rookie extension and could earn a deal of up to five-years, $288 million on his next contract. He is under contract for approximately $6 million for the 2022-23 season.
According to Haynes, Warriors teammates have noticed a change in Poole’s behaviour throughout training camp as he approaches his big payday.
Golden State is one of the highest-spending teams in the NBA, boasting a team payroll of approximately $300 million for the 2022-23 season.
Those close to the team have noted that Poole and Green have been known to get into heated exchanges, and Green is no stranger to challenging his teammates.
The do-it-all forward was famously suspended for a game in 2018 for « conduct detrimental to the team » when he called then-teammate Kevin Durant a b—h during a game in Los Angeles.
Poole was one of the NBA’s most improved players last season, and played a key role in the Warriors’ fourth championship win in eight seasons.
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