NBA-John Collins suspended, positive on growth hormone test

Atlanta Hawks Forward John Collins will be suspended for 25 games after appearing in the NBA’s Anti-Drug Program on a positive growth hormone test his 25-game suspension is without pay according to the NBA on Tuesday.

The NBA announced that Collins, 22, tested positive for Peptide-2. He is Atlanta’s top rebounder and second-leading scorer.

Collins is the third player to be given a 25-game suspension for drug offenses this season.

The NBA announced Thursday night that Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton had been suspended after testing positive for a diuretic.

On August 29, the league suspended Forward Brooklyn Nets’ Wilson Chandler for testing positive for Ipamorelin, a drug that increases the release of growth hormone.

Ayton and Chandler’s suspension is also without pay.

Collins’ suspension begins Tuesday night’s game against San Antonio.

The 6-foot-9 forward is averaging 17 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

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