It was announced today by the NBA that Portland Trail Blazer Terrel Harris will be suspended for five games without pay for violating the league’s anti-drug program. While they stated he did in fact violate the program, there have been no details as to how. However, there is some speculation as to what Harris may have done. From a Sports Illustrated article,
A player who tests positive for performance-enhancing drugs receives a 20-game suspension for his first violation. A third failed marijuana test would trigger an automatic five-game suspension.
Harris was brought to Portland as a part of the sign-and-trade that put Tyreke Evans in New Orleans. He’s seen time with a few other teams as well. As an undrafted free agent from Oklahoma State University, he was signed by the Miami Heat in late 2011 before getting waived last January.
He’s slowly dropping off of Portland’s roster, as they have some key pieces that take more precedence than Harris, like 2013 first round pick CJ McCollum, as well as their second round draft pick, Allen Crabbe for example.
If he was to be released by the team, his five-game suspension would begin during the “next NBA regular season game for which he is eligible and physically able to play,” according to the NBA.