J.J. Hickson will be suspended for five games.
According to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post, the NBA has suspended Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson five games for violating the league’s drug policy. The exact reasoning for Hickson’s suspension is unknown, but a five game suspension typically signals a third positive test for marijuana.
#Nuggets F JJ Hickson will be suspended for a violation of the NBA’s drug policy.
— Chris Dempsey (@dempseypost) September 17, 2014
Hickson’s suspension goes into effect on October 29th, the date of Denver’s season opener. Hickson will miss games against Detroit, Oklahoma City, Sacramento and Cleveland.
J.J. Hickson averaged 11.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game last year for Denver, but an ACL injury ended his season early. Hickson continues to recover from the injury, but it was expected that he’d be ready for opening night.