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Volume 27 No. 8
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NBPA Likely To Take Action On Deandre Ayton's Drug Suspension

Suns C Deandre Ayton has been suspended for 25 games for "violating the NBA-NBPA's anti-drug policy with a positive test for a diuretic." Sources said that the union "plans to file arbitration papers immediately on behalf of Ayton, believing that there will be a case to have the penalty reduced or rescinded" based on a CBA provision of "unintentional ingestion." The NBPA has the "ability to expedite two cases a year with the league." Sources indicated that it is "likely the union will use one of them on Ayton" (ESPN.com, 10/24).