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Suns trade deadline acquisition cleared of felony drug charges

Mike Scott is likely to draw interest from teams for the 2017-18 season.

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A former member of the Phoenix Suns got some good news on Tuesday. A Georgia court ruled to suppress all evidence and drop a felony drug case against Mike Scott.

If you blinked you missed Scott’s relationship with the Suns. He was acquired at February trade deadline in a trade with the Hawks. Scott, Cenk Akyol, and cash considerations went to Phoenix. A 2017 2nd-round pick went to Atlanta. Scott was waived the next day.

During the court proceedings racial profiling was a familiar theme. After Tuesday’s news Steve Weiner, Scott’s legal counsel, had some strong words for Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

“In my 35 years of practicing law, this could be the worst case of racial profiling I have ever seen. Hopefully this will lead to Banks County, Georgia, re-evaluating their policies.”

On July 30th, 2015, Mike and Antonn Scott were arrested in Georgia following a traffic stop. Police claim they found marijuana and MDMA in the vehicle.

An eight-page summation from Banks County (Ga.) Superior Judge Currie Mingledorff II concluded that “sufficient articulable suspicion did not exist to uphold the stop of the Scott vehicle.” Additionally the judge noted that there was no “probable” cause to arrest the brothers.

Wojnarowski writes that the criminal case turned away teams that would have otherwise been interested in signing the 28 year-old veteran.

Scott has played five seasons in the NBA, all with the Hawks. In 2016-17 he appeared in 18 games with Atlanta, averaging 2.5 points in just under 11 minutes per contest.

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