Source: Calathes suspended for banned substance


Memphis Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes has averaged 4.9 points and 2.9 assists as a backup point guard this season. (AP Photo)

Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 18, 2014 at 7:55 p.m.

A person familiar with the decision says Memphis Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes has been suspended for 20 games for violating the NBA’s drug policy.

The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the NBA has not announced the punishment, says Calathes will miss Memphis’ first-round playoff series against Oklahoma City.

Yahoo Sports was the first to report the suspension.

Calathes, a 25-year-old rookie reserve who played at Florida, averaged 4.9 points and 2.9 assists in 71 games this season.

The Grizzlies take on the Thunder in Game 1 on Saturday night in Oklahoma City.

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