Report: Warriors considering discipline for Green after ‘heated’ altercation with Poole

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) dribbles the ball up the court against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

The Golden State Warriors are contemplating disciplining forward Draymond Green after a physical altercation took place at team practice early Wednesday, according to The Athletic.

The Athletic reports that Green was involved in a “heated” interaction with guard Jordan Poole, with both players coming chest-to-chest and shoving each other before it escalated when Green “forcefully struck” his teammate.

After the incident, the Warriors immediately stopped the practice in an attempt to cool things down, but The Athletic writes internal discipline “appears to be imminent.”

Green and Poole are “known to regularly get into verbal arguments,” but the Warriors’ management and leadership group believe this incident crossed a line, according to The Athletic.

According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, Poole’s noticeable change in behaviour during training camp due to his imminent lucrative contract extension was part of the buildup to the altercation.

Green, meanwhile, is set to make $25.8 million this upcoming season and has a player option in 2023-24, but is currently eligible for an extension — which he says he doesn’t expect to get before the 2022-23 campaign begins.

“I don’t think it will happen, and so for me, I’m just focused on this season and being as great as I can be and as I know I’m capable of being and winning another championship and reaching my individual goals that I have as well. I think that’s my main focus,” Green said at Warriors Media Day.

The 32-year-old, who’s known for his passionate play and being vocal both on and off the court, is a long-time Warrior who has been a key piece in the franchise’s dynastic run to four championships over eight seasons.

Poole, 23, was a breakout player with the Warriors last season and is due a massive payday since he’s in the final year of his rookie contract.

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