Pacers' Ellis suspended five games for drug violation

June 16, 2017

Monta Ellis will miss the first five games of next season due to a drug suspension.

Monta Ellis of the Indiana Pacers has been suspended five games under the NBA's anti-drug program.

The league announced the suspensions Friday without disclosing details of the violations.

The 31-year-old Ellis averaged 8.5 points a game for Indiana last season. Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said the suspension was a "very serious matter" and would be dealt with.

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