NBA announces punishment as teams prepare for the upcoming season.
Portland Trail Blazers American guard Terrel Harris was suspended without pay for five games for a violation of the NBA’s anti-drug program, the league announced on Monday.
Harris, who turns 26 on Saturday, will begin the ban with the first game of the upcoming 2013-2014 season, provided he is healthy and physically able to perform.
The league did not announce what substance was involved in the violation of the anti-drug program agreed upon in conjunction with the players union. US medical privacy laws often prevent such disclosures.
Harris has averaged 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 42 career regular-season NBA games with Miami and New Orleans.
Harris had a reserve role in Miami’s playoff march to the NBA title in 2012, scoring five points and grabbing three rebounds in 10 minutes on the court for the Heat in the post-season. He was traded to New Orleans after seven appearances for Miami last season.