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Nerlens Noel suspended for drug violation; Marquis Teague scores contract with Grizzlies

Nerlens Noel gets a slap on the wrist while Marquis Teague finds a new home.

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Some NBA news dropped on Tuesday involving two former Kentucky Wildcats.

First, Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel received a five game suspension from the league office for violating the NBA’s anti-drug program.

Next, former national champion Marquis Teague reportedly signed a contract for the rest of the season with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Nerlens Noel

Nerlens Noel has played in just 30 games this season, averaging a mere 4.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Those numbers are down from his career average of 9.3 points and 7.2 rebounds. The former Wildcat is also playing just 15 minutes per night compared to his career average of 26.

After betting on himself this summer and turning down a hefty contract ($17.5 million per year), it’s safe to say it hasn’t worked out for the big man. He’s set to hit free agency this summer and won’t sniff anything near the amount offered last summer.

Marquis Teague

With Marquis’s brother Jeff enjoying the spotlight (and big contract) in Minnesota, it’s nice to see the former Wildcat earn a spot with the Grizzlies for the rest of the season. Teague will join former Wildcat Andrew Harrison, too.

Teague is averaging 4 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists and 26 minutes in two games for the Grizzlies. He’ll surely see a decent amount of playing time down the stretch of the season, as Memphis has been eliminated from the playoff race and will want to see as much as they can from their younger guys.

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