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Tyreke Evans bids farewell to Memphis, thanks organization

Tyreke Evans

Tyreke Evans has seemingly found a new home after agreeing to a one-year deal with the Indiana Pacers. His contract with the Eastern Conference contender is reportedly worth $12 million, but before he could put ink on paper once the July moratorium is lifted this Friday, the former fourth-pick overall expressed his gratitude to the Memphis Grizzlies and to the franchise’s fans.

Evans flirted with irrelevancy after a down 2016-17 campaign which he spent with the New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings. That season, he averaged 11.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 40 games. He was trending in the wrong direction then largely because of his inability to stay healthy.

The Grizzlies took their chances on the former Memphis Tigers star and signed Tyreke to a mere one-year, $3.29 million deal last year.

That decision paid dividends for the Grizzlies, as Evans finished the season leading the team in points (among players with at least eight games played for Memphis) with 19.4 markers per game. He also had 5.1 rebounds and 5.6 assists averages in 52 games, including 32 starts.

When healthy, Evans is a productive player who can stuff the stat sheets on an almost nightly basis.

The Golden State Warriors were reportedly interested in using their mid-level exception for Tyreke Evans before DeMarcus Cousins walked right into their living room and fell into their laps.

In Indiana, Evans is expected to be a terrific complement for All-Star guard Victor Oladipo in the backcourt while also lending the Pacers a versatile weapon who could play both guard positions and a little bit of the small forward role.