NBA Suspends Cavs’ Tristan Thompson for 25 Games

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Cleveland Cavaliers’ veteran center, Tristan Thompson, faces a 25-game suspension from the NBA for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson has been slapped with a 25-game suspension without pay by the NBA after violating the league’s anti-drug policy.

The 32-year-old tested positive for ibutamoren, a growth hormone, and SARM LGD-4033, commonly associated with muscle enhancement in bodybuilding and weightlifting.

Thompson’s suspension begins on Wednesday, coinciding with the Cavs’ two-game stint against the Milwaukee Bucks.

He is set to be eligible for return on March 16 against the Houston Rockets. The Cavaliers, in a statement, expressed full support for the NBA’s anti-drug program and conveyed their backing for Thompson throughout his suspension. They acknowledged the impact his absence would have on the team.

While serving the suspension, Thompson is permitted to travel and practice, with the only stipulation being that he must exit the arena at least two hours before tipoff for any games.

The 6-foot-11 Canadian, known for his contributions to the Cavs’ 2016 NBA championship win, is in his second stint with the team.

He spent his first nine seasons in Cleveland before exploring other teams like the Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings, Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, and Los Angeles Lakers.

The Cavaliers, currently on an eight-game winning streak, re-signed Thompson as a free agent for the ongoing season. Despite his suspension, the seasoned player has been contributing an average of 3.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 12 minutes per game.

Thompson’s absence will undoubtedly be felt by the Cavaliers as they navigate the remainder of the season without one of their key players.

 

 

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