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Report: Draymond Green nearing return to Warriors’ facility

Jan 4, 2024, 2:25 PM

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PHOENIX, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 12: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors runs off the court after being ejected for a flagrant foul during the second half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center on December 12, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Warriors 119-116. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Indefinitely suspended forward Draymond Green is expected to return to the Golden State Warriors’ facility “in the coming days,” ESPN reported Thursday.

Green, who missed his 11th game Thursday night against the Denver Nuggets, plans to rejoin the team to get back into shape before restarting his season.

The league suspended Draymond Green after he punched Phoenix’s Jusuf Nurkic on Dec. 12, the latest incident in a sometimes tempestuous career.

ESPN sources said Green is close to fulfilling all of the league’s requirements to return, although NBA commissioner Adam Silver will have the final word.

Green, 33, reportedly has been participating in individual counseling sessions as well as virtual meetings with team, league and union officials to chart his progress.

The incident with Nurkic resulted in Green’s third ejection of the season. He also made headlines on Nov. 14 when he was ejected for putting Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert in a headlock during an on-court scrum.

That led to a five-game suspension for Green, who was first thrown out of a game this season on Nov. 11 after being tagged with two technical fouls against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He has been suspended six times in his career.

In 15 games this season, Green has averaged 9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists. He is in his 12th season with Golden State and has won four NBA titles with the Warriors. He’s also a four-time All-Star and two-time All-NBA selection.

–Field Level Media

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