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Thunder's Mitch McGary suspended 5 games for violating NBA's anti-drug program

Jan 19, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Mitch McGary (33) reacts to a play from the bench in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 19, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Mitch McGary (33) reacts to a play from the bench in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma City Thunder froward Mitch McGary has been suspended without pay for five games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program, the league announced on Friday. McGary will serve his suspension beginning with the next game he's physically available to play, which will most likely be at the start of the 2016-17 regular season.

The NBA does not disclose the specifics of what led to the suspension, but based on the language in the collective bargaining agreement, there's just one way that this could have happened. A third positive test for marijuana is the only drug-related infraction that comes with it a five-game suspension.

Mitch McGary's statement on his five-game suspension for a failed drug test pic.twitter.com/fhbY4CCBG3

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McGary, 24, entered the NBA Draft earlier than expected becuase he was facing a one-year marijuana-related suspension from the NCAA. He played sparingly for the Thunder last season, scoring just 26 total points in 20 regular season appearances.