Tyreke Evans exploring possibility of playing in the NBL
Tyreke Evans is exploring the possibility of playing overseas after being banned from the NBA for two years due to a drug-related violation. One of the options that he’s reportedly considering is playing for the NBL, according to a report by Fox Sports Australia’s Olgun Uluc.
Tyreke Evans has made exploratory calls about playing in the NBL, according to multiple sources. There’s no indication that his discussions went further than just exploring the option. Evans was just banned from the NBA for 2 years, for violating the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.
— Olgun Uluc (@OlgunUluc) June 27, 2019
Evans was banned in May this year for violating the NBA/NBPA’s anti-drug program. According to reports, the 2011 Rookie of the Year tested positive for substance abuse, although it was not steroids or performance-enhancing drugs.
He will be reinstated in 2021, but only with the approval of the league officials and the players association.
Evans played averaged 10.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 69 games this season, helping the Pacers secure the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference despite losing All-Star guard Victor Oladipo back in January due to a season-ending injury.
Indy was swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics.
If Evans decides to play outside of the US, it will be for two reasons. First, it will help him stay in shape as he hopes to return to the NBA someday. Second, it will give him financial stability and security.
This is not the first time that the NBA has banned players because of drug-related violations. In 2008, the same type of disqualification happened to veteran big man Chris Andersen in 2006, but he was reinstated in 2008. In 2016, OJ Mayo was also banned from the league. He was eligible to apply for reinstatement last year, but up to this point, he hasn’t done anything about it.