The NBA have slapped a five game suspension on Portland Trail Blazers' Terrel Harris for breaching the leagues anti-drug policy, Yahoo! Sports reports.
The league announced the decision to ban the 25-year-old Harris on Monday, though they did not specify which drug it was that he tested positive for.
The 6ft4in guard joined the Blazers in July, after finishing last season with the New Orleans Hornets, and his new employers will no doubt be angered at the revelations.
It is believed that due to the low-game penalty handed down by the NBA, Harris wasn't found to have used any sort of steroid of other performance-enhancing chemical. In usual circumstances when this is the case, the player in question will incur a standard suspension of around 20 games.
The details of his ban also rule out the use of any high-class recreational drug such as cocaine or ketamine, as these carry instant dismissal from the league.
The former Oklahoma State man will now find it tough to secure a position within the Blazers' starting team, as there is more than one other option in terms of players vying for his position of guard.
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