The 76ers’ Arnett Moultrie was
suspended five games without pay by the NBA for violating terms of the league’s
and the players association’s anti-drug program.
The league announced Moultrie’s
ban Monday, when the second-year forward was said to have begun serving his salary-free
suspension with the Sixers’ game at Atlanta. In addition, Moultrie is also
ineligible for the Delaware 87ers’ games during his suspension. He was assigned
to the Sixers’ D-League affiliate March 15.
The 6-10, 245-pound Moultrie
would not be eligible to return for the Sixers until April 11, for the final
four games of the regular season.
The suspension of Moultrie, a
2012 first-round draft pick, should be a cause of concern for the Sixers. They are
on the hook for the 23-year-old’s $1.14 million contract for the 2014-15 season,
picking up his team option during training camp.
Sixers general manager Sam
Hinkie has shown no reluctance in his willingness to eat salaries, however. He
waived center Kwame Brown, owed $3 million, in November. And he did the same in
March with guard Eric Maynor, who is set to make $2.1 million next season.
Moultrie has appeared in only
12 games this season for the Sixers, for whom he’s averaging three points and
nearly three rebounds. Between two tours in the D-League, he’s averaged 10.5
points, 4.5 rebounds and 28.3 minutes in eight appearances with the Sevens.
Moultrie was withheld from
practice until Dec. 31, while recovering from preseason left ankle surgery.
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