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Suns’ Deandre Ayton Suspended for NBA Drug Policy Violation

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The NBA has suspended Deandre Ayton for 25 game after he tested positive for a diuretic, which are typically used to make masking agents.

“I want to apologize to my family, the entire Suns organization, my teammates, partners, our fans and the Phoenix community,” Ayton said in a statement, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. “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.”

If this suspension sticks, it will a huge hit to the Suns after getting a blowout win over the Kings. Aron Baynes will start in Ayton’s place Friday against the Nuggets.

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