Nerlens Noel Ends His Mavs Tenure On a High Note

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Just when you thought Nerlens Noel’s stock couldn’t tank any further before his upcoming free agency, the guy gets popped for violating the NBA’s anti-drug program. The league announced today that Noel (and Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha) have been suspended five games without pay for their infractions.

The official statement from the NBA:

The NBA announced today that Nerlens Noel of the Dallas Mavericks and Thabo Sefolosha of the Utah Jazz have each been suspended without pay for five games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.

Noel’s suspension will begin with tonight’s game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Portland Trail Blazers. Sefolosha’s suspension will begin with the next NBA regular season or playoff game for which he is eligible and physically able to play.

The Washington Post’s Tim Bontemps notes this has nothing to do with PEDs, but THE WEED!

The NBA announces Nerlens Noel and Thabo Sefolosha have received five-game suspensions for violating the league's anti-drug policy. Those are marijuana violations.

— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) April 3, 2018

Honestly Sefolosha lighting up I understand. He had knee surgery in January and is out for the rest of the season. That’s pretty much a green light. But Noel? His contract year has already been an utter disaster with just 30 games played and limited playing time, and now he’s going to miss the last five games of the season.

Perhaps he should taken that $70 million when he had the chance?

The financial hit for Noel and Sefolosha:

The 5 game suspension for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program will cost Nerlens Noel $144,400. Noel will sit out the remainder of the Mavericks 5 regular season games.

— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) April 3, 2018

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