Spurs point guard Devonte’ Graham has been suspended two games without pay by the NBA for a DWI charge dating back to July 2022, the league said in a press release.
Graham pleaded guilty to the charge of drinking while intoxicated this past June and was sentenced to 12 months probation, as reported by TMZ Sports.
According to the police report, on July 7, 2022 at around 3 am., Graham was driving 63 mph in a 40 mph zone in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he grew up. After showing signs of impairment while being pulled over, Graham then consented to a breath test for alcohol and was revealed to have a 0.11 BAC (breath alcohol concentration), which is above the .08 state limit.
Graham, who was traded to the Spurs before the trade deadline last season, has two years left on a four-year, $47.3 million contract that he signed back in 2021 with the Pelicans. With attention to Graham’s contract, it was going to cost San Antonio a $12.1 million guaranteed cap hit for next season. Consequently, as a result of being suspended for the first two regular-season games, Graham will lose out on an estimated $166,897.
Appearing in 73 games last season, Graham averaged 5.3 points (36.8% FG), 2.2 assists and 15.3 MPG in 53 games with New Orleans. His usage improved considerably after being traded, as Graham averaged 12.9 points (38% FG), 4.0 assists and 26.4 MPG in 20 games with San Antonio.