Drummond and the Pistons might be losing power forward Greg Monroe this summer via free agency and even though coach and head honcho Stan Van Gundy says the team wants Monroe back, it looks like he will probably be gone. Maybe this is what prompted Drummond to tweet out a recruitment pitch at nearly 3 a.m. in regards to who he’d like playing alongside him next fall.
I want @Money23Green on my team…….
— Andre Drummond (@AndreDrummondd) April 19, 2015
This isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement for keeping Greg Monroe by the former University of Connecticut big man. It appears that Drummond is fed up with the rumors and distractions that Monroe has become in Motown and adding a gritty and tough player like Green (who went to Michigan State by the way) would help space the floor out better than Monroe did.
But another question will become whether Drummond violated the NBA’s tampering rules. Based off the NBA’s definition of what tampering is, I’d say Drummond can expect to be fined.
“ARTICLE 35E OF THE NBA CONSTITUTION STATES THAT IT’S A VIOLATION OF THE LEAGUE’S ANTI-TAMPERING RULE FOR ANY PERSON AFFILIATED WITH AN NBA TEAM TO DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY (I) ENTICE, INDUCE, OR PERSUADE, OR ATTEMPT TO ENTICE, INDUCE OR PERSUADE, ANY PLAYER, COACH, GM OR OTHER PERSON UNDER CONTRACT TO ANY OTHER NBA TEAM TO ENTER INTO NEGOTIATIONS FOR OR RELATING TO THAT PERSON’S SERVICES OR TO NEGOTIATE OR CONTRACT FOR SUCH SERVICES, OR (II) OTHERWISE INTERFERE WITH THE EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THAT EMPLOYEE AND THE OTHER NBA TEAM.”
This seems ticky-tack to me, but I’m sure the NBA will do their “due diligence” by following through with an investigation that will probably lead to some type of fine.
For the record, Draymond Green is a restricted free agent and Golden State has said they will match whatever offer he receives in free agency.
However, what else is the Warriors brass going to say? Obviously they want him back and they are using this as leverage to try and turn teams away from pursuing him. It might be a lot different if the Warriors don’t make a deep run into the playoffs and an opposing team offers Green a max deal in free agency this summer. Then we’ll see how serious Golden State really is.
For what it’s worth, my guess is that they won’t be letting go of their young 25 year-old. It should be noted that the Warriors are already over next year’s projected $67 million dollar cap. The Dubs are already looking at a team cap of almost $79 million. And don’t forget in 2016-17, Stephen Curry will be in the last year of his deal so a mega contract will be on the horizon for him as well.
Things are about to get interesting in the Bay!