Blazers' Terrel Harris suspended by NBA for anti-drug violation

John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

The Portland Trail Blazers guard will be suspended five games.

The NBA announced that Portland Trail Blazers guard Terrel Harris will be suspended five games for violating the league's anti-drug policy. The suspension will begin in the first game Harris is eligible and physically able to play.

That doesn't help the 25-year-old's ability to stick in the NBA. Entering his third season, the former Miami Heat and New Orleans Hornets guard has shown signs of being a bench player in the league but with a non-guaranteed contract that can be wiped from the Blazers roster before Nov. 1, the suspension could be a deciding factor in his future.

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Harris was a throw-in by New Orleans in an offseason trade that also sent center Robin Lopez to Portland. He played for the Blazers' summer league squad and most significantly ended the tournament with a 25-point outing.

Harris played in just 20 games for the Heat and Hornets last season and averaged 0.8 points and 0.5 assists per game.

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