How long is Draymond Green suspended? Explaining NBA’s indefinite ruling until Warriors star addresses ‘challenges’

The Warriors will be without starting forward Draymond Green for the foreseeable future.

After his latest on-court incident, the NBA has suspended Green for a second time this season. In November, he served a five-game suspension for placing Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert in a chokehold. Less than one month later, he has been suspended for a flagrant foul on Suns center Jusuf Nurkic.

With Green now suspended two times in as many months, what type of punishment did the league hand him?

Here is an explanation of Green’s latest suspension and when he could potentially return to the floor for Golden State.

MORE: Complete history of Draymond Green suspensions

How long is Draymond Green suspended?

Green has been suspended indefinitely, per an official release from the NBA. He will not be able to return to play without meeting certain league and team conditions.

TNT Sports’ Chris Haynes has reported that Green will be allowed to continue to practice with the team while serving his suspension. Green is being suspended without pay.

Green has appeared in 15 games this season. He’s averaging 9.7 points, 5.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game.

What does suspended indefinitely mean?

Suspended indefinitely means that the suspension will last for an indeterminate period. Green’s suspension is not tied to a specific number of games, days or weeks, but rather an unspecified amount of time tied to his fulfillment of the above conditions.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Green, Warriors general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. and his agent Rich Paul will discuss a “path of counseling and help for Green to move forward.”

Wojnarowski added that suspension was not given a specific number to allow Green the ability to fully deal with “challenges he’s facing.”

“We just want him to go through the process of getting better,” NBA executive VP Joe Dumars told Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s First Take. “There’s no specific, ‘hey, you have to check this specific box and everything’s good.’ We want to see him make progress, get better, come back and be the great player that he’s been for such a long time in Golden State.”

Dumars added “We’ll be ready when he’s ready. I think it will work out — I think this is the best route we could take for him. I think the best thing we could have done was not put a number on [the suspension] and start a clock … it’s best for the league, it’s best for Golden State and it’s best for Draymond, the way this has unfolded here.”

MORE: Jusuf Nurkic says Draymond Green ‘needs help’ after ejection

Why was Draymond Green suspended?

Green was suspended for striking Suns center Jusuf Nurkic in the face. In the NBA’s release, the suspension and its indefinite length “takes into account Green’s repeated history of unsportsmanlike acts.”

Here is the play that resulted in Green getting ejected and ultimately suspended:


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