Draymond Green has been the talk of the town for the last few days after stomping on Domantas Sabonis' chest. Green was subsequently suspended for a game by the NBA due to his history of unsportsmanlike behavior. One of those instances was punching teammate Jordan Poole before the start of the season.
So, why did Green hit Poole during the Golden State Warriors training camp? The rumored reason for the incident was that the two players were talking trash about their future contracts. Both Green and Poole were eligible to sign an extension last summer.
However, Poole was the one who was offered a new contract worth $140 million for four years. Green is expected to opt out of his contract at the end of the season and become a free agent.
The Golden State Warriors sent Draymond Green home after the incident, while Jordan Poole stayed at the facility and continued practicing. Green addressed the media the next day after a video of his punch was leaked online.
The former Defensive Player of the Year apologized for his behavior and was suspended by the Warriors for the rest of the preseason. He told reporters a day after the incident that he had already spoken to Poole and his family, his teammates and the rest of the coaching staff.
"I was wrong for my actions that took place on Wednesday, and for that, I have apologized to my team," Green said. "I have apologized to Jordan. Quite frankly if my mother saw that video, I know how she would feel. I apologized to his mother and father, his family and friends who care for him."
More than a week after getting punched by Green, Poole opened up about the incident and said that the Warriors forward had apologized to him personally. He added that they would move forward with their goal of winning another championship.
"He apologized and (was) professional," Poole said. "We plan on handling ourselves that way. We're here to play basketball, and everybody on our team and in the locker room knows what it takes to win a championship, and we're going to do that on the court. That's really all I have to say on the matter. We're here to win a championship and keep hanging banners."
Incident between Draymond Green and Jordan Poole may have affected Warriors throughout the season
The Golden State Warriors didn't look like defending champions for most of the regular season. They ended the season with a 44-38 record and were sixth in the Western Conference.
One of the rumors midway through the season was that the incident between Draymond Green and Jordan Poole was still affecting the Warriors' locker room. The defending champions are known for their chemistry, and Green's punch may have had an effect on them.
Jordan Poole traded to the Washington Wizards
It was apparent with the performance of the Golden State Warriors in the 2022-23 NBA playoffs that the chemistry between Jordan Poole and the rest of the team wasn’t the same as the year prior.
Compared to last season, Jordan Poole averaged only 10.3 points, 3.5 assists, and 2.2 rebounds on an abysmal 34.1% shooting from the field.
In the 2023 offseason, the Golden State Warriors decided to make a trade for the 12xAll-Star guard Chris Paul. Here’s the trade overview:
The Golden State Warriors received:
Trayce Jackson-Davis (57th pick)
The Washington Wizards received:
2027 Second-Round Pick
Top 20 Protected 2030 First Round Pick