Selection of NBA # 1 for 2018 has been suspended for violating the League's Anti-Drug Policy for 25 games.
The Phoenix Suns will manage without Deandre Ayton at the beginning of the regular season. The NBA announced on Thursday the suspension of the former Greatman of Arizona.
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"On behalf of the Phoenix Suns organization, Monty Williams and I are disappointed with the actions of Deandre Ayton, who led to his positive test result for a banned diuretic and a subsequent suspension by the NBA, said Suns' General Manager James Jones, in a statement. "This does not conform to the standards and principles we set for the team."
Ayton apologized in a statement.
"I want to apologize to my family, the entire Suns organization, my teammates, partners, fans, and the Phoenix community. This was an inadvertent mistake and unfortunately I said something. He added, "I understand the unfortunate effects this has on so many others, and I am deeply sorry for that. We are sorry. I am very disappointed that I have disappointed my team. I will continue to work with the Players & # 39; Union (NBPA) to go through the arbitration and hope for a positive solution. "
Ayton played in the Suns first game of the season and had 1
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He will not return until December 17, when the team compete against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.