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Cavaliers’ Thompson gets 25-game ban for violating NBA’s anti-drug rules

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson has been issued with a 25-game suspension after violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy.

Thompson – who was originally drafted by Cleveland in 2011 and returned as a free agent ahead of this season – will begin his ban when the Cavaliers face the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, and will receive no pay while suspended.

In Tuesday’s announcement, the league said Thompson had tested positive for ibutamoren and SARM LGD-4033.

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Ibutamoren is a growth hormone, while SARM LGD-4033 is a substance commonly used by bodybuilders and weightlifters for muscle enhancement.

Neither the Cavaliers nor Thompson issued an immediate response to Tuesday’s announcement, which comes amid an eight-game winning streak for the team.

Thompson is averaging just 3.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 12 minutes per game in his second stint with Cleveland, who are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 26-15 record for the season.

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