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Philadelphia 76ers Arnett Moultrie suspended five games for failed drug test

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The NBA suspended Philadelphia 76ers second-year forward/center Arnett Moultrie five games without pay for violating the league’s drug policy on March 31.

The suspension is most likely for a third positive test for marijuana as it is the only scenario resulting in a five-game ban, according to a summary of the collective bargaining agreement on the NBA website. A first offense requires a player to enter the league's marijuana program. A second offense results in a $25,000 fine. Any additional violations results in five-games being added to the player’s previous suspension.

Moultrie has been a major disappointment since being selected with the 27th overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Sixers, who desperately need front court help. He has appeared in just 12 games for Philadelphia this season and is averaging 3.0 points along with 2.9 rebounds a game.

Philadelphia still owes a lottery-protected first-round draft pick to the Boston Celtics, via the Miami Heat, to complete the trade for Moultrie. The Sixers acquired the 6-11, 249-pound power forward in a draft night trade with the Miami Heat for a lottery protected future first round draft choice and their second round pick that season – Justin Hamilton out of LSU. If Philadelphia does not make the playoffs next season, the Celtics will receive the Sixers’ second round pick in 2015 and 2016.

Moultrie is currently with Delaware of the D-League and will not be available to the 87ers during the suspension, which began with the Sixers’ game against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday according to the NBA.

Moultrie, who has been hampered by injuries during his pro career, showed flashes of potential during his 47 game rookie season. He averaged 3.7 points and 3.1 rebounds a game in 11.5 minutes of action. Moultrie also produced one double-double and shot 58.2 percent from the floor.

Moultrie will lose about $49,510 of his $1.089 million salary this season due to the suspension. Moultire is due $1.136 million next season after the Sixers’ picked up his third-year option in October though Philadelphia could still waive him.

Moultrie is currently averaging 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in eight games with Delaware.