NBA, players association reinstate Tyreke Evans | Inquirer Sports

NBA, players association reinstate Tyreke Evans

/ 12:46 PM February 15, 2022

Tyreke Evans

(FILES) In this file photo Tyreke Evans #12 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball against the Detroit Pistons at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 1, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by ANDY LYONS / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association reinstated veteran guard Tyreke Evans on Monday, nearly three years after the league disqualified him for a drug violation.

Evans, 32, was banned on May 17, 2019 after testing positive for a forbidden substance under the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.


According to league policy, Evans is a free agent and can immediately begin to negotiate with teams. He will be eligible to sign with any team starting Friday at 12 p.m. ET.


Evans, the fourth overall draft pick by the Sacramento Kings in 2009, won the 2010 NBA Rookie of the Year award and played 594 games (426 starts) for four teams spanning 10 seasons. He played for the Indiana Pacers at the time of his dismissal.

The guard holds career averages of 15.7 points, 4.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. He has suited up for the Kings (2009-13, 2017), New Orleans Pelicans (2013-17), Memphis Grizzlies (2017-18) and Pacers (2018-19).


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