Sixers second year forward Arnett Moultrie has been suspended without pay for five games for an unspecified violation of the NBA’s drug policy.
It has been a bit of a disaster this year for the former first round draft pick. After sitting out the first three months of the season with a broken ankle, Moultrie has bounced back and forth between the Delaware 87ers and the big club in Philly at a rate only bested by former guard Lorenzo Brown. Moultrie has played in only 12 games this season for head coach Brett Brown averaging just 3.0 points and 2.9 rebounds, in 15 minutes a game.
Moultrie was selected 27th overall in the 2012 Draft. He spent most of his rookie season in the Doug Collins’ dog house and only averaged 3.7 points a game in 47 contests. He only averaged 11 minutes a game and never started. Now he finds himself in a similar situation with his New England based coach now.
He was on assignment with the Delaware 87ers when the suspension was handed down and will be ineligible to play for them during the time. Tonights game against the Atlanta Hawks counts as game one.
The 76ers have picked up Moultrie’s option for next season. This latest issue might be a good enough reason for Sam Hinkie and company to part ways with the forward. However they will have to pay him the rest of his salary for next season.
The Sixers are in Atlanta tonight hoping to pick up their second win in a row after 26 consecutive losses.