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Drummond wants Draymond as teammate, but is it tampering?

Terry Foster
The Detroit News
Draymond Green

Pistons center Andre Drummond might have violated NBA tampering rules when he tweeted Saturday night that he wanted to play with Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green.

The tweet has been deleted. The tweet came shortly after Green scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Warriors' Game 1 victory over the Pelicans Saturday night.

"I want @Money23Green on my team."

Article 35E of the NBA constitution states that it's a violation of league tampering rules for any person affiliated with an NBA team to "directly or indirectly, entice, induce, persuade or attempt to entice, induce or persuade any Coach, Trainer, General Manager or any other person who is under contract to any other Member of the (NBA) to enter into negotiations for or relating to his services or negotiate or contract for such services ..."

NBA senior vice president of basketball communications Tim Frank was not immediately available for comment.

Green becomes a restricted free agent July 1 and there is speculation that the Pistons will target Green. He has reportedly expressed an interest in returning to Michigan. He played basketball at Saginaw High School and at Michigan State.

Green is a jack-of-all-trades and would be highly coveted as a free agent. He can hit 3-pointers, and he's an excellent defender and rebounder.

Green said during a recent interview he wants to focus on winning a title with the Warriors before thinking about free agency.

The Warriors lead the series 2-0 following Monday night's victory over the Pelicans. Green tallied 14 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in the game.