NBA bans Sixers’ Arnett Moultrie for violating anti-drug policy

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) – The NBA has suspended Philadelphs 76ers’ second-year forward Arnett Moultrie five games for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.

The five-game ban is the penalty for a third failed test for marijuana use, according to the league’s anti-drug policy.

The first offense carries no penalty and the second offense a $25,000 fine. Following a third violation, each subsequent suspension is raised by five games.

Moultrie was a first-round pick acquired by the Sixers in a draft-night trade with the Miami Heat in 2012 but his first two seasons in the NBA have been marred by injury.

After 12 games with the Sixers this season, he was sent to the team’s D-League affiliate in Delaware. Moultrie was averaging 3.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in the NBA and 10.5 points 4.5 rebounds per game in the D-League.

He will not be allowed to compete in D-League games while suspended.

The future first-round pick the Sixers still owe for Moultrie has since been sent to Boston. It is lottery-protected through next season. If the Sixers do not fulfill that obligation by next year, it turns into two second-round picks, one in 2015 and one in 2016.

The Sixers picked up Moultrie’s team-option for the 2014-15 season, worth $1.1 million, back in October.

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