Draymond Green signed a five-year, $82 million contract in the offseason to stay with the Warriors. Still, he is making sure he spends his money wisely and sticks to a budget. Green has even thought about how his actions on the court could affect his bank account, saving money for all of the technical fouls he is planning on accumulating this season.
After signing a 5-year, $82 million extension this offseason, did Draymond put money aside for the 2015-16 season, anticipating future technicals?
"Definitely," he said. "The mark of a good financial team is knowing ... you really have to know who you're dealing with. And you know, there's a little bit of money set aside in the budget for technical fouls (laughter) ... part of planning."
"Couple hundred bucks (laughs). Just a couple hundred bucks. Nothing too extravagant."
Smart move by Green, especially since he paid $31,000 in fines last season after picking up 12 technical fouls in the regular season and three more in the playoffs.
The NBA fines players $2,000 for each of their first five technicals, increasing incrementally by a thousand dollars until the 16th technical foul, when the player will be fined $5,000 and suspended for one game. A player will be fined another $5,000 if they get a 17th technical. From then on, a player will have to pay $5,000 and serve a one-game suspension if they keep picking up technical fouls.
Green has already picked up one technical foul this season, theatrically complaining about a foul call against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. So it is a good thing Green budgeted for the occasion.