Toronto Raptors guard Jalen Harris has been suspended from the NBA for one year, according to a report Thursday by Stadium’s Shams Charania.
Charania said Harris, who played at Nevada in 2019-20, violated the league’s anti-drug program and that he is eligible to apply for reinstatement after one year.
Harris, 22, from Dallas, was selected No. 59 overall by Toronto in the 2020 NBA draft.
He appeared in 13 games for the Raptors last season, averaging 7.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.
In the Raptors’ final four games, he averaged 18.5 points per game and had a 31-point output against the Dallas Mavericks.
The NBA’s drug policy dismisses players who test positive for drugs of abuse. That list does not include marijuana or steroids.
Harris was sent to the G League at the end of January where he played seven games, averaging 17.6 points and 4.3 rebounds.
Players who are disqualified and dismissed are required to wait no less than two years before applying for reinstatement. First-year players may apply after 12 months.
On Wednesday, Harris posted an Instagram story from New York where he appeared to be in a foot cast.
Harris made $449,115 last season with the Raptors. He had a $1,489,065 qualifying offer with the Raptors for next season.
His contract with the Raptors will be rendered null and void and he will enter Stage 1 of the league’s drugs of abuse program.
The Raptors will retain his rights and have a window to decide on signing him upon reinstatement, according to Blake Murphy of The Athletic.
The specific nature of Harris’ violation has not been disclosed.
Harris spent two seasons at Nevada, one as an active player after transferring from Louisiana Tech.