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Deandre Ayton suspended for 25 games for violating NBA’s Anti-Drug policy

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Phoenix Suns and former Arizona Wildcats big man Deandre Ayton has been suspended for 25 games for violating the NBA’s Anti-Drug policy, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The former No. 1 overall pick tested positive for a diuretic, per the report.

It sounds like Ayton plans to appeal the suspension:

If the suspension is upheld, it will cost Ayton roughly $2.2 million in salary. The 7-footer had 18 points and 11 rebounds in the Suns’ opener on Wednesday.

Ayton averaged 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game as a rookie last season, getting named to the All-NBA Rookie First Team.

Ayton was a consensus All-American, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, and the winner of the Karl Malone Award in his lone season at Arizona.