Warriors forward Draymond Green has money budgeted to pay for his technical foul fines this season
The Golden State Warriors won the 2015 NBA Championship and, though the team was unquestionably led by the league MVP in Stephen Curry, the emergence of Draymond Green as one of the NBA’s best defenders was a huge part of their success. Subsequently, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise when Green got a major payday this offseason by signing a five-year, $82 million contract with Golden State.
One of the things that has made Green the player and presence that he is for the Warriors is his attitude and fearless demeanor. Unfortunately, that demeanor sometimes leads to Green getting into a bit of trouble with the officials on the floor in the way of getting served technical fouls. With each technical comes a fine from the league. Luckily, Green has money from his massive new deal budgeted for paying technical foul fines.
After picking up his first technical foul of the season in the Warriors’ first game of the 2015-16 season on Tuesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans, CSN Bay Area spoke to Green about it and the forward said that he had a plan in place to pay for the technical fouls he’ll inevitably pick up this season, saying, “there’s a little bit of money set aside in the budget for technical fouls.” He added that it was “nothing too extravagant.”
Green was fined a total of $31,000 for technical fouls last year in the regular season and postseason. The league’s fine policy for technical fines a player $2,000 for the first five technical, $3,000 for the next five, $4,000 for fines 11-15, and the 16th technical earns a $5,000 fine and a one-game suspension. It’s $5,000 per technical from that point and a suspension for every other one going forward.
If nothing else, you have to respect Green for being aware that some of his money is going to be going to the league for those fines. He knows what type of player he is and that he won’t always be getting a gold star for citizenship on the court. Let’s just hope he doesn’t stay on pace for 82 technical fouls this season.
H/T to CBS Sports