NBA Rumor: Deandre Ayton Suspension

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Kelly Oubre Jr. has been watching. So have Frank Kaminsky, Mikal Bridges and Devin Booker. The Phoenix Suns have seen up close and personal Deandre Ayton go through his 25-game suspension in a fashion that makes them very optimistic about his return. “He’s been working his ass off while he’s been out,” Oubre said. “I’ve been seeing growth firsthand, and I’m just excited for him to get back in the rhythm of being back.” Ayton hasn’t played since the season opener Phoenix won by 29 points back on Oct. 23. “He’s got a lot of frustration and energy pent up that I know he’s ready to let go,” Kaminsky said.

It has been nearly a week since Suns center Deandre Ayton was handed a 25-game suspension by the league for, according to an NBA statement, violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for a diuretic.” Ayton has planned all along to fight the suspension and he’ll finally get the chance by the end of this week. According to a league source, Ayton’s camp and the players union expects to meet with the NBA to present its case for a reduction of the suspension by the end of the week.

Adrian Wojnarowski: Deandre Ayton statement: “I want to apologize to my family, the entire Suns organization, my teammates, partners, our fans and the Phoenix community. This was an unintentional mistake and unfortunately I put something in my body that I was completely unaware of. I do understand the unfortunate impact that this has on so many others, and for that I am deeply sorry. I’m extremely disappointed that I’ve let my team down. I will continue to work with the NBPA to go through arbitration and am hopeful of a positive resolution.”
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January 22, 2021 | 8:53 pm EST Update