Warriors News: Draymond Green, Jordan Poole Fight Won't Impact Contract Talks, per GM

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVOctober 6, 2022

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Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers told reporters Thursday that the altercation between Draymond Green and Jordan Poole during Wednesday's practice wouldn't impact extension talks.

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

Bob Myers said he's having "ongoing" talks with Jordan Poole's reps about a contract extension. Myers insisted the Draymond-Poole altercation won't affect contract extension talks with either players

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, "the two players had been verbally sparring prior to some pushing, which escalated when Green took a swing and made contact with Poole."

Myers offered more details on the situation and response Thursday:

Warriors on NBCS @NBCSWarriors

Bob Myers does not anticipate Draymond to miss any games for his altercation with Poole <a href="https://t.co/EC7kVl4MgW">pic.twitter.com/EC7kVl4MgW</a>

Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews

Bob Myers said that Draymond Green apologized to the Warriors this morning, but he did not practice with the team. Myers says Green’s punishment will be dealt with internally.

Yahoo Sports' Vincent Goodwill reported Wednesday that the showdown between the two players "had been boiling since training camp began" and added that "both Poole and Green are up for contract extensions, and it appears Poole will receive an extension while Green knows he has to play this season out—playing a part in leading to Green striking Poole."

Additionally, Yahoo Sports and TNT reporter Chris Haynes tweeted that there "was a buildup stemming from teammates noticing a change in Poole's behavior throughout camp with the guard on the verge of securing a lucrative extension."

But Myers told reporters on Thursday that the exchange between the players wasn't contract-related:

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater

Bob Myers said he’s been told that the trash talk that led up to the incident wasn’t contract related <a href="https://t.co/EMP5X8kD7H">pic.twitter.com/EMP5X8kD7H</a>

Green has had confrontations with his own teammates in the past, most infamously with Kevin Durant in 2018, when the two had words between the fourth quarter and overtime during a November game against the Los Angeles Clippers, and again later in the locker room.

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Tensions ran high between KD and Draymond after going into OT with the Clippers. <a href="https://t.co/J1EX86uNSz">pic.twitter.com/J1EX86uNSz</a>

Green was suspended one game for reportedly calling Durant a "b-tch" during the confrontation, while The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that Green brought up Durant's pending free agency during the argument:

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

Sources: In midst of verbal exchange on court late in Monday's game, Draymond Green challenged Kevin Durant about Durant's impending free agency. As teammates came at Green about his turnover, he responded. This has been a simmering issue for the Warriors today.

It's hard not to draw some comparisons between the two situations, given that the reporting around them suggests there may have been some sort of contractual subtext to the exchanges.

It's certainly not the type of story the Dubs would prefer heading into a title-defending season regardless of the basis for the fight.