There is no love lost between Draymond Green and Jordan Poole.
Golden State Warriors’ standout Draymond Green seemed to indirectly criticize his former teammate and current Washington Wizard, Jordan Poole.
In a viral video for Bleacher Report, Green participated in a roster building challenge. The challenge required Green to select one player from each of the five NBA teams represented by their logos to form a starting five roster.
When the Washington Wizards’ logo appeared on the screen, Green chuckled and questioned the players on their roster before ultimately selecting Kyle Kuzma.
The video generated speculation that Green’s reaction was aimed at Poole, considering their previous relationship and Green’s presumably aware of Poole’s current team.
This dude draymond didn’t want to pick Poole and what is that laugh he knows what hes doing ?? pic.twitter.com/Zli8IhRUJV
— (Chef Curry) (@Baby_face_Goat_) June 30, 2023
In a trade executed earlier this month, the Golden State Warriors sent Poole and draft picks to the Washington Wizards in exchange for All-Star guard Chris Paul, whom the Wizards acquired from the Phoenix Suns in the Bradley Beal blockbuster.
The dynamics between Poole and Green were a topic of interest during the 2022-23 season. A viral video from October displayed Green striking Poole during a team practice, heightening the scrutiny. Following Poole’s trade, observers noticed that he unfollowed Green on Instagram. Before entering free agency, Green reached an agreement with the Warriors on a lucrative four-year contract extension worth $100 million.
Free agent Draymond Green and CEO of Klutch Sports Rich Paul have agreed on a four-year, $100 million contract to return to the Golden State Warriors, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. The $100M deal contains a player option in Year 4.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 30, 2023
Meanwhile, Poole is coming off his most successful season, achieving averages of 20.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. With a new team and potentially greater opportunities in Washington, Poole has the potential to flourish in the upcoming 2023-24 season.