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Nets Forward Wilson Chandler Suspended 25 Games For PED Use

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Nets Forward Wilson Chandler Suspended 25 Games For PED Use

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Chandler was facing a 25-game suspension for testing positive for PED use and the NBA just made the suspension official, saying Chandler tested positive for Ipamorelin. Per Suzette Francis of Global News Toronto:

“The NBA says Nets Wilson Chandler has been suspended w/o pay for 25 games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for Ipamorelin. Suspension will begin with the next NBA regular-season game for which he is eligible and physically able to play.”

The Nets signed Chandler to a one-year deal last month and he was expected to get some of the minutes destined for Kevin Durant, who could miss all of the 2019-20 NBA season after rupturing his Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors.

Chandler averaged a career-low 6.0 points and 4.2 rebounds in 23.1 minutes over 51 games (33 starts) with the 76ers and Clippers. He was part of the February 6 trade that saw Tobias Harris, Mike Scott and Boban Marjanovic go to Philadelphia.

The move hurt his value as he could not find a place in head coach Doc Rivers’ rotation. Chandler shot just 34.8 percent from the field in 15 games (one start) with the Clippers and he was benched for the final two games of the team’s first round playoff series against the Warriors.

At 32 years old, Chandler is still relatively young but is hard not to wonder how much he has left in the tank. Hip injuries have bothered him in recent years and he dealt with a hamstring strain that forced him to miss a significant part of last season and this suspension will make it hard for him to find a rhythm with his new team.

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