Tristan Thompson of Cavaliers Suspended for 25 Games Over NBA Anti-Drug Policy Violation

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson has been suspended for 25 games without pay by the NBA for violating the league’s anti-drug policy. He tested positive for ibutamoren and SARM LGD-4033, both of which are banned substances.
‣ Thompson’s suspension will begin when the Cavaliers play the first of two games in three days at the Milwaukee Bucks. He will not be eligible to return until Saturday, March 16 at the Houston Rockets.
‣ This is the first time in his NBA career that Thompson has been suspended. Despite this setback, the Cavaliers have won their last eight straight games.


Tristan Thompson, the center for the Cleveland Cavaliers, is in hot water. The NBA suspended him for 25 games without pay on Tuesday. Why? He violated the league’s anti-drug policy.

Thompson, now 32, tested positive for ibutamoren. It’s a growth hormone. He also tested positive for SARM LGD-4033.

What’s SARM LGD-4033? It’s an oral, nonsteroidal drug. It’s known as a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM). Both ibutamoren and SARM LGD-4033 are banned substances. They artificially boost HGH levels and promote muscle hypertrophy.

Let’s talk about the Cavaliers for a moment. According to a few NBA betting sites, they hold 16th-ranked odds to win this season’s championship. It seems the Miami Heat and New York Knicks are showing better odds at sportsbooks.

The NBA released a statement about Thompson’s suspension. It’s available on their Twitter handle @NBAPR.

Thompson’s suspension kicks off Wednesday. The Cavaliers will be playing the first of two games in three days at the Milwaukee Bucks. Thompson, a University of Texas product, won’t be eligible to return until Saturday, March 16. That’s when they’ll be playing at the Houston Rockets.

Thompson’s not new to the Cavaliers. He spent his first nine seasons (2011-20) as a pro with them. The 13-year veteran was selected fourth overall by the NBA franchise in the 2011 draft.

Thompson’s got quite a record. He played alongside LeBron James and Kyrie Irving on the 2016 NBA championship team. That win was the city’s first major pro sports title since 1964.

The 6-foot-9 center has also played with the Boston Celtics (2020-21 season), Sacramento Kings (2021-22 season), Indiana Pacers (2021-22 season), Chicago Bulls (2021-22 season), and Los Angeles Lakers (2022-23 season). Currently, Thompson is in his second stint with Cleveland.

A tweet by Tony Pesta (@Tony_Pesta) humorously suggests that Thompson’s no-look passes might have provoked the NBA’s intervention.

Thompson’s stats this season are a bit of a mixed bag. He’s played 36 games off the bench, averaging career lows of 3.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 12.4 minutes per game. His foul line shooting is at a career-worst 31%.

But it’s not all bad. Thompson is shooting a career-best 64.9% from the floor. In Cleveland’s 104-94 loss to the Orlando Magic on Dec. 11, he recorded season highs of 10 points and 13 rebounds in 29 minutes as a reserve.

This is Thompson’s first suspension in his NBA career. A bit of a shocker, huh?

Despite all this, the Cavaliers (26-15) are on a roll. They’ve won their last eight straight games.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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