Oklahoma City Thunder forward Mitch McGary has been suspended by the NBA for the second time ahead of the upcoming season. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical was first with the news.
McGary was originally suspended for the first five games of the season due to a violation of the league’s drug policy in July. 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.
The 24-year-old forward has played two seasons with the Thunder since being drafted in the first round back in 2014. He’s appeared in only 52 games to this point, averaging 4.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. He figured to be in the mix for a larger role with OKC in 2016-17 with the respective departures of Serge Ibaka and Kevin Durant, though, his days with the franchise seem numbered at this point. Wojnarowski says the Thunder have tried to trade McGary, but getting a decent asset in return is no easy task considering his difficulties in staying eligible to play.
McGary also failed a drug test while at the University of Michigan that would’ve resulted in a season-long suspension had he not opted to enter the NBA draft in 2014. He was away from the Thunder for the final few weeks of last season, as well, for what the team described as “personal reasons.”
Even without McGary, Oklahoma City still has a fairly deep frontcourt. Steven Adams and Ersan Ilyasova figure to start, with Enes Kanter, Joffrey Lauvergne, Nick Collison and Domantas Sabonis handling reserve duties.