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Grizzlies’ Nick Calathes 20 Games for Violating Drug Policy

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Less than 24 hours before his team tips off against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the opening round of the playoffs, the NBA has suspended Memphis Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes for violating the league's drug policy.

Calathes was suspended for using the drug Tamoxifen, which is one of the 140 substances banned by the NBA's performance enhancing drug policy. Tamoxifen can be used as a masking agent for other substances.

Even if the NBA Players Association files a grievance on Calathes' behalf, he will still be forced to sit out until a ruling is made.

"Our tests identified tamoxifen in a supplement Nick [used] for a legitimate medical condition and our tests confirmed that Nick did not have testosterone or any other PED in his body," said David Cornwell, who is representing Calathes.

Cornwell will speak to the players union on Monday in attempt to expedite the grievance hearing so Calathes can join his team for the playoffs.

In 71 games this season for the Grizzlies, Calathes was averaging 4.9 points and 2.9 assists per game.

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