Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns just got some devastating news.
The 21-year-old center has reportedly failed a drug test and is facing a 25-game suspension as a result. Ayton tested positive for a banned diuretic and the NBA informed the team and player of the impending suspension Thursday night.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has the details:
The NBPA is reportedly preparing an arbitration case to overturn the suspension on the believe that it was the result of "unintentional ingestion." We'll see how that goes.
Many expected a breakout season from Ayton and the Suns this year. The center was the top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and finished his rookie season averaging 16.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 30.7 minutes per game. It was a solid rookie campaign.
After missing the playoffs in nine consecutive seasons, Phoenix had hoped to turn things around this season. The Suns crushed the Sacramento Kings 124-95 in their opener and looked like a changed team. With Devin Booker, Ayton, Ricky Rubio and Dario Saric leading the way, things were looking up in the desert.
A lengthy Ayton suspension will obviously change that calculus.