February 22, 2024
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Cleveland Cavaliers ahead Tristan Thompson was suspended for 25 video games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug program, the league stated on Tuesday.

Thompson shall be suspended with out pay after he examined constructive for ibutamoren and SARM LGD-4033, in keeping with the NBA. Thompson’s suspension begins Wednesday when the Cavaliers play the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Cavaliers middle Tristan Thompson rebounds in opposition to the New Orleans Pelicans at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Dec. 21, 2023. (David Richard-USA At the moment Sports activities)

Ibutamoren is a progress hormone and SARM LGD-4033 is a drug generally utilized by physique builders and weightlifters for muscle enhancement.

The Cavs didn’t instantly touch upon Thompson’s suspension.

The veteran NBA participant is in the midst of his second stint with the Cavaliers. He performed in 36 video games and is averaging 3.8 factors, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists per sport. He’s not precisely the identical prolific rebounder he was throughout his first 9 seasons with Cleveland, however has nonetheless given the staff stable minutes.

Cavaliers middle Tristan Thompson and Milwaukee Bucks ahead Bobby Portis at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse  in Cleveland, Dec. 29, 2023. (Ken Blaze-USA At the moment Sports activities)

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In between stints with the Cavaliers, Thomspon performed for the Sacramento Kings, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls. He rejoined Cleveland earlier than the beginning of the 2023-24 season.

The Cavaliers are 26-15 this season and are in fourth place within the Jap Convention. The staff is about three video games behind the Bucks for first within the Central Division.

Tristan Thompson drives

Utah Jazz guard Collin Sexton defends Cavaliers middle Tristan Thompson on Dec. 20, 2023, in Cleveland. (David Richard-USA At the moment Sports activities)

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The Cavaliers could have some key selections to make earlier than the NBA commerce deadline. Groups will possible be making an attempt to commerce for Donovan Mitchell for the stretch run of the season.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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