NBA – Deandre Ayton of the Suns’ has suspended for 25 games, positive for diuretic tests

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton, the No.1 overall draft pick last year, has been suspended for 25 games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy, the league announced Thursday night.

Ayton was positive about his diuretic test.

The National Basketball Player Association is preparing an arbitration case to reduce or save the penalty, based on the belief that the positive test falls under the CBA’s provision of “unintentional ingestion,” league sources told ESPN.

Ayton had 18 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks in the Suns’ 124-95 season-opener against the Kings on Wednesday.

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