Plymouth Raiders were forced to remove Anton Grady from their roster due to a failed drugs test, MVP has learnt.

It is understood the American forward was advised last week that he had returned a positive sample for a recreational drug from an anti-doping test taken following March’s BBL Trophy final in Glasgow.

As per UK Anti-Doping procedures, a provisional suspension was immediately issued, ruling the player ineligible to play in Plymouth’s final two games of the British Basketball League season.

Grady, who has the right to request a testing of a separate B sample, is thought to still be considering his next course of action. UK Anti-Doping officials confirmed the full nature of the rule violation will not be formally published until “legal due processes have been completed.”

The 25-year-old rookie, whose cousin Earl Boykins played in the NBA, was averaging 18.2 points and 7.4 rebounds for the Raiders. Similar offences have previously incurred bans of six months.

The club’s officials did not return calls seeking comment beyond a previous statement stating they had been obliged to release Grady with “immediate effect for a severe breach of club and league rules”.

Plymouth, who lost to Leicester in the BBL Trophy final, missed the playoffs after losing both contests on the closing weekend of the league campaign in the absence of their leading performer.

According to the Plymouth Herald, both head coach Johnny White and player-assistant Daryl Corletto will return next season.

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