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Draymond Green fined $50K for tampering with Devin Booker live on TNT
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Draymond Green fined $50K for tampering with Devin Booker live on TNT

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Draymond Green may not be playing in the NBA's Disney World bubble, but that hasn't stopped him from being fined during the league's restart.

The NBA levied a $50,000 fine on the Warriors forward for comments he made as a TNT analyst Friday, saying Suns guard Devin Booker needs a new home.

"It's not good for him. It's not good for his career," Green said. "... They gotta get Book out of Phoenix. I need my man to go somewhere where he can play great basketball all the time and win, because he's that type of player."

Asked on-air by TNT's Ernie Johnson if he was tampering, Green said "maybe."

The Suns have been abysmal throughout Booker's career, finishing last in the Western Conference every year since his rookie season. But Phoenix was included in the NBA's Orlando restart and has gone 5-0, now just a half-game behind Portland for the West's ninth seed and a play-in tournament to the playoffs.

"I feel like that's important for this organization, for the fans that have stuck by us for this long and still do so," Booker said of Green's comments, per ESPN. "Since I've been in Phoenix, we haven't had the win success that we had, but the support's been there. And this is what we owe to the fans, we owe to the organization. It's been a long time for us and I think this bubble opportunity was big for us, and we're taking advantage of it."

The league tightened its tampering rules prior to this season, with a particular emphasis on players tampering with others who are still under contract with another team.

Booker is in the first year of a five-year maximum contract extension he signed with the Suns in 2018.

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