Cedi Osman agrees to extension with Cavs
Cedi Osman has agreed to a four-year, $31 million contract extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times:
The 24-year-old Osman is currently in his third NBA season, all with the Cavaliers after they drafted him in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft.
Deandre Ayton suspended 25 games
Deandre Ayton has received a 25-game suspension for violating NBA’s Anti-Drug policy, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
Suns center Deandre Ayton is facing a 25-game suspension for violating NBA’s Anti-Drug policy with a positive test for a diuretic, league sources tell ESPN. The NBA informed Ayton and Suns of looming suspension tonight.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 25, 2019
This seems pretty harsh, especially considering some of Woj’s follow ups on the story:
The NBPA is already preparing arbitration case to reduce or rescind penalty, based on belief positive test falls under CBA provision of ‘unintentional ingestion', league sources tell ESPN. Ayton was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. https://t.co/UM34cCc3Ol— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 25, 2019
Follow-up testing on Phoenix's Deandre Ayton showed no traces of any other banned substances, sources with knowledge of results tell ESPN. NBPA is likely to fast-track arbitration process to push for a reduction as soon as possible, per sources.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 25, 2019
Diuretics make one urinate — a lot. I’m guessing they’re on the list of banned supplements because one might take them to flush other substances out of their body? I can’t see too many reasons why diuretics would be banned by the league, but of course, I’m not a medical professional so what do I know.
Ayton’s comments on the situation and the fact that the NBPA is very prepared to go to battle for Ayton make it sound like Ayton was caught off guard by this. In a official statement, he said the following:
“I want to apologize to my family, the entire Suns organization, my teammates, partners, our fans and the Phoenix community. This was an unintentional mistake and unfortunately I put something in my body that I was completely unaware of. I do understand the unfortunate impact that this has on so many others, and for that I am deeply sorry. I’m extremely disappointed that I’ve let my team down. I will continue to work with the NBPA to go through arbitration and am hopeful of a positive resolution.”
Time will tell whether Ayton is able to get his suspension reduced. I’m all for it, let the kid play.
Marvin Bagley III fractures thumb
Marvin Bagley III has fractured his thumb and will miss 4-6 weeks, according to a wire report on ESPN.
A very unfortunate development for the second year man out of Duke. Bagley III finished last season with some strong, promising play. Sacramento Kings fans are expecting a big season out of him. Hopefully he recovers and gets back to the court quickly.
NBA Scores — 10/24/19
- Trae Young dropped 38 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 9 assists
- Giannis Antetokounmpo registers 30-points, 13-rebounds, 11-assists triple-double.
- Kawhi Leonard totaled 21 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds in just 21 minutes as Clippers score most points ever on the Warriors during the Steve Kerr era.