Draymond Green admits he may have tampered to get Devin Booker off the Suns

Written By Dan Bernstein
draymond-green-devin-booker-FTR
(Getty Images)

Draymond Green used an "Inside the NBA" studio appearance Friday night to make a plea to Suns guard Devin Booker: Get out of Phoenix.

The talkative Warriors forward, who helped recruit Kevin Durant to Golden State before trashing him as he left , sees Booker's potential being wasted in the desert. The Suns are on a four-game win streak but still outside a playoff spot. Booker hit a game-winning shot against the Clippers on Tuesday.

"It's great to see 'Book' playing well and Phoenix playing well, but get my man out of Phoenix," Green said. "It's not good for him, it's not good for his career. ... 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."

Ernie Johnson asked if that was that tampering.

"Maybe," Green said.

MORE: Devin Booker laughs at idea of playing as Suns in 'NBA 2K'

There have been rumors of Booker heading elsewhere at some point, and not just because he's a star player on a relatively small-market team.

The Suns have been terrible at building competitive rosters since the height of the Steve Nash era. It's well-known that Booker would love to team up with one or both of close friends Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell one day (Russell joined Towns in Minnesota at the trade deadline). If Booker continues to develop, then other stars will be in his ear saying what Green did, only behind the scenes where Phoenix can't contain it.

Booker, 23, recently signed an extension with the Suns that doesn't expire until the end of the 2023-24 campaign, so a departure probably won't happen in the near future. There have not been reports of a move being imminent. But in a few years? Plenty of organizations would welcome him with open arms should he tire of his team's frustrating ways.

Latest News

giannis-antetokounmpo-getty-061121-ftr.jpg
Three ways Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo should attack Nets' defense — and one way he shouldn't
Three ways Antetokounmpo should attack Nets' defense
Nikola-Jokic-060821-Getty-FTR
NBA awards 2021: Complete list of winners for MVP, Coach, Rookie of the Year and more
NBA awards 2021: Complete list of winners for MVP, Coach, Rookie of the Year and more
kawhi-leonard-rudy-gobert-getty-061221-ftr.jpg
How Clippers' small-ball lineup created problems for Rudy Gobert, Jazz in Game 3
How Clippers' small-ball lineup created problems for Gobert, Jazz in Game 3
james-harden-getty-061221-ftr.jpg
Nets injury updates: Will James Harden, Jeff Green play in Game 4 vs. Bucks?
Nets injury updates: Will James Harden, Jeff Green play in Game 4 vs. Bucks?
donovan-mitchell-kawhi-leonard-getty-061321-ftr.jpg
Donovan Mitchell injury update: Jazz star in 'good shape' after tweaking ankle vs. Clippers
Donovan Mitchell injury update: Jazz star in 'good shape' after tweaking ankle vs. Clippers