Sunday , Jul , 20 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Darius Miles’ Suspension Was for Using Weight-Loss Drug

Sources say all 30 teams were notified this week by league memorandum that the drug which earned Portland Trail Blazers castoff Darius Miles a 10-game suspension to start next season — if Miles can find a job — is the appetite suppressant Phentermine.

A weight-loss drug, basically.

Steep as a 10-game ban is, then, Miles’ mistake is nothing bound to scare teams away from signing him. He’s tried out for at least four clubs already this month — Boston, Dallas, New Jersey and Phoenix — and is expected to command no more than a minimum salary in his comeback from long-standing knee problems, because the 26-year-old still has $18 million in salary coming from the Blazers.