Oklahoma City Thunder forward Mitch McGary continues his struggle after earning his second suspension of the 2016-17 NBA season. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Thunder will try to trade or waive McGary before the start of the preseason.
In July, the NBA gave Thunder forward Mitch McGary a five-game suspension for a failed drug test. The 24-year-old power forward released a statement, admitting his mistake and asking for forgiveness.
“I clearly made a mistake, and for that, I apologize to the organization, my teammates, and our fans. I realize there are only so many opportunities given to you and I need to make sure that, as a person and as a player, I take accountability and ensure that this does not happen again.” McGary said in a statement.
Unfortunately, Mitch McGary faced his second suspension for the 2016-17 NBA season after failing to live up to procedural guidelines set forth in the anti-drug program. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, McGary will be suspended for 10 more games for non-compliance with the league’s drug policy.
As of now, the best way to do with him is to find a team that will be interested in absorbing his contract. Mitch McGary was the 21st pick of the 2014 NBA draft. In his rookie season with the Thunder, he averaged 6.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in 32 games.
According to Woj, the Oklahoma City Thunder could waive Mitch McGary, enabling him to become a free agent and sign elsewhere.
“McGary could be released and claimed on waivers – or become an unrestricted free agent and sign elsewhere. For now, McGary’s career is in peril because of his inability to maintain a lifestyle that’ll allow him to play in the NBA.” Woj said.
The Thunder will be facing the 2016-17 NBA season without Kevin Durant on their side. Removing a ‘distraction’ from their roster will enable them to keep their focus on becoming a better team next season.
Photo courtesy: Adam Glantzman/Flickr.com