Spurs Player Suspended to Start 2023-24 Season

After all of the Ja Morant nonsense of the past year, the NBA is still grappling with how to get hold of players' actions off the court. The latest non-game-related incident to result in a ban belongs to San Antonio Spurs guard Devonte' Graham, who's been slapped with a two-game suspension to start next season. 

The league has announced the ban for Graham after he pleaded guilty last month to a charge of impaired driving from last summer. He was sentenced to 21 days in jail, but it was suspended in favor of a 12-month probation. 

The 28-year-old point guard was with the New Orleans Pelicans at the time when he was pulled over for speeding last July. He blew over on a breathalyzer test, and was arrested for DWI. 

Graham was traded to the Spurs midseason this past year, and took on a prominent role for the team mostly off the bench, averaging 13 points and four assists in 26 minutes per game, while also starting in eight of his 20 contests in San Antonio. 

In five NBA seasons, Graham has averaged 11.6 points and 4.5 assists while shooting 35.6% on threes on an extremely high volume. 

The Spurs have a crowded backcourt, with the emergence of Tre Jones as the starter at the point last year, and the addition of Cameron Payne this offseason. But however it shakes out, Graham won't be part of the mix for the first two regular season games, at least. 

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