Are the Warriors in Trouble if Draymond Green Gets Suspended?
The Golden State Warriors have enjoyed a summer for the ages. They’ve brought in Kevin Durant, and even though they lost some depth in the process, they also added quality veteran big men, David West and Zaza Pachulia.
For a team that has been in the last two NBA Finals (and won one), they look to be in a good spot.
Then news broke of star forward Draymond Green being charged with assault in Lansing, Michigan.
Draymond Green was arrested for assault this weekend, court documents confirm: https://t.co/o9p3Mgp4iT
— SB Nation (@SBNation) July 11, 2016
Suddenly that awesome summer fades into the background, rather quickly, and the Warriors need to ponder what the 2016-17 NBA season could look like if one of their best players ends up being jailed and/or suspended.
Per reports, Draymond Green was arrested in Lansing, MI after an altercation with a fan in a restaurant. An unidentified man is said to have provoked Green with some variety of taunting, which prompted an enraged Green to “slap” the man.
Neither Green or the victim in the dispute exited the ordeal with any injuries and it’s being perceived as a mild altercation, per the police:
“It was basically an altercation between two guys. There’s no injuries. He was released with a $200 bond on Sunday.”
The Warriors have gone public, saying they are “aware” of Draymond Green’s suspension, but are awaiting all of the details before they comment further.
The incident doesn’t appear to be overly serious, but Green could still face a variety of punishments for his actions.
The first could come for an arraignment scheduled for July 20th, with Green facing potential penalties ranging from 93 days in jail and/or up to $500 in fines.
There could be punishment outside of the law, as well, as Golden State could opt to send a strong message to Green in regards to how he should be conducting himself away from the team.
The Warriors have not offered any comment on what that could be, but a team suspension isn’t out of the question.
Whether or not the Warriors decide to discipline Green, the NBA could step in and decide a suspension of some kind is necessary, as well. Green has been no stranger to misconduct on the court inside the league, so it remains possible that the NBA sees violence away from the court as a step in the wrong direction for him and the league.
While a suspension of some type could come for Green, for now he faces minor discipline from the law if found guilty for his part in the altercation.
Title Odds Hurt?
Golden State remains the odds on favorite to win the 2016-17 NBA Finals next season, as they enter with -130 odds to win it all.
Draymond Green’s run-win with the law is not of the serious variety and any punishment, jail time, fine or suspension would be relatively minor. It’s very likely he doesn’t spend any time in jail and doesn’t face a suspension at all.
Green’s wild antics on and off the court are definitely cause for concern, as he’s proven more than once that he can have a difficult time controlling what he does. It led to an untimely game five suspension in the Finals this summer, a game in which went from a series-clincher for the Warriors to a momentum-swinging win for the eventual champion Cavaliers.
While Green getting involved in a violent altercation is troubling, it’s not damning. Per the current reports, he should be fine to play this year and it shouldn’t at all impact Golden State’s championship odds.
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