NBA Rumors: Thunder Forward Mitch McGary Facing Extinction?
Mitch McGary, the Oklahoma City Thunder forward, is running out of time in the National Basketball Association (NBA) after failing to adhere to league guidelines in the aftermath of his failed drug test in the summer.Advertisement
The Vertical reported that McGary, who was slapped with a five-game suspension in July for violating the league’s anti-drug policy, faces another 10-game suspension for “failure to live up to procedural guidelines set forth in the program.”
McGary has a history of drug-related problems.
In 2014, he left the University of Michigan after testing for marijuana to avoid a one-year ban from the NCAA. McGary didn’t have the option of returning for a junior year and was forced to declare for the NBA Draft.
The 24-year-old is on Thunder’s payroll for at least another season with a guaranteed salary of $1.52 million. However, Oklahoma City could be forced to trade him or cut him at some stage.
ESPN noted that “it’s unlikely McGary will play another game for the Thunder.”
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The 24-year-old forward has often shown flashes of an above-average rotational player.
However, his off-the-floor issues have prevented him from making a sustained impact with the Thunder. Overt he last few seasons, he showed flashes of passing potential and ability to stretch the floor and knock down jump shots.
McGary also showed that for a big man, he’s capable of running the floor on the fast break.
The forward released a statement on Tuesday, apologizing to his teammates and fans.
“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.”
Mitch McGary spent most of last season in the D-League. If he doesn’t get his act together, it’s highly possible that he is forced to take his talents to China, Europe or stay in NBA’s development league.