Oklahoma City Thunder forward Mitch McGary has been suspended by the National Basketball Association for the second time ahead of the upcoming season. McGary left the Thunder for the final few weeks of the season for what the franchise termed "personal reasons".
McGary left the Thunder for a time late in the season previous year for what he called "personal reasons", but never addressed what those were at the time.
In and out of the D-League last season, the 24-year-old played in just 20 games for Oklahoma City, averaging 1.3 points and 0.9 rebounds in 3.6 minutes.
The additional suspension isn't believed to be for another positive test, rather a failure to live up to the program's procedural guidelines.
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McGary had a strong close to his rookie year, but never made much of an impact last season, his second in the National Basketball Association. The NBA has tacked another 10 games onto the initial suspension thanks to non-compliance with the drug program, bringing the total to 15 games without pay. Throw in McGary's 15-game ban and the greater character concerns that come with it, and it's probably safe to close the book on his tenure in Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma City Thunder forward's time with the team may be short following his extended suspension. The Vertical reports that McGary "essentially left the team on his own". He tested positive for marijuana, resulting in a one-year suspension from competition from the NCAA. Now, the National Basketball Association is tacking on an additional 10 games to that suspension, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.
McGary, a two-year star at MI, declared for the National Basketball Association in 2014 after receiving a year-long suspension by the NCAA for testing positive for marijuana.
Now those thoughts are on hold.