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Ayton was tested and found to have illegal diuretic in system

NBA: Sacramento Kings at Phoenix Suns Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Okay. Well.

So much for having nice things. Deandre Ayton might miss a lot of the Phoenix Suns season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

I don’t even know what to think about this. Apparently, he was trying to manage weight, and used the wrong thing.

Expect an appeal, but I don’t know if there’s much of a way around this.

—UPDATE

So, a diuretic traditionally is used for rapid weight loss, but has often been used by drug abusers to hide the presence of another (worse) drug in advance of a drug test.

Clearly, the NBAPA is is fighting this, but that’s the reason a “water pill” carries such a high penalty.

OOOF

—Another UPDATE


Here’s Dave and Espo going on a rant about this...