Dallas' Nerlens Noel, Utah's Thabo Sefolosha get 5-game suspensions

Nerlens Noel

The NBA announced Tuesday morning that Noel, along with Utah Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha, has been suspended for five games for violating the league's anti-drug policy.

Since there are five games left in the season, the suspension means Noel's season - and possibly his time with the Mavericks - is done.

Sefolosha had surgery on the MCL in his right knee in January and hasn't returned.

The specifics are disputed, but Noel may have turned down a 4-year, $70 million contract last offseason with the Mavericks.

Sefolosha's ban will begin with the next game that he is both eligible and physically able to play.

Then came thumb surgery to fix a torn ligament, which sidelined him for three months. In his first full season with the Mavs, Noel only appeared in 30 games and averaged just 4.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in a little more than 15 minutes of action per night.

Briefly: The Grizzlies signed Marquis Teague for the remainder of the season. The Bulls say Valentine - who averaged 10.2 points and 5.1 rebounds - had swelling in the knee and an MRI exam indicated a need for an arthroscopic debridement procedure, which is scheduled for Wednesday. The 33-year-old had surgery to fix an avulsion of the medial collateral ligament in January and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.



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