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Pacers release statement on Tyreke Evans’ dismissal from NBA

Tyreke Evans, Pacers

The Indiana Pacers have released a statement regarding the news that combo guard Tyreke Evans has been dismissed from the NBA for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.

This is no laughing matter, as we don’t know what Evans is going through in his personal life. The Pacers will reach out to Evans to make sure he’s okay and offer any support they can.

Evans signed a one-year, $12.4 million deal with the Pacers last summer after playing for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2017-18. The former Rookie of the Year played in 69 games during the regular season and averaged 10.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per contest while shooting 38.9 percent from the floor, 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the free-throw line.

The Pacers probably weren’t going to bring Evans back next season. He just didn’t fit in head coach Nate McMillan’s system. Indiana won 48 games this year but got swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. Without star shooting guard Victor Oladipo, the team didn’t have a go-to scorer in the postseason.

Tyreke Evans has career averages of 15.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 594 games with the Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans, Grizzlies and Pacers. He was the fourth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.