Pacers news: Indiana unsure if Tyreke Evans will make upcoming road trip
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Indiana unsure if Tyreke Evans will make upcoming road trip

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The Indiana Pacers are already without Victor Oladipo for the rest of the season. Now, they might be sans Tyreke Evans for their upcoming road trip.

Evans missed the Pacers’ last game against the Golden State Warriors on Monday night due to lower back soreness, and that issue may result in him not being able to accompany the team on their road trip over the next four games, according to Pacers reporter Mark Montieth.

Montieth adds that Indiana head coach Nate McMillan said Evans might be able to catch up with the team later on the trip, but that it seems to be a fluid situation.

In 44 games this season, Evans is averaging 10.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and one steal over 20.6 minutes per game while shooting 39.5 percent from the floor, 36 percent from three-point range and 76.9 percent from the free-throw line.

Evans is in his first year with the Pacers after signing with the team as a free agent over the summer.

The 29-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Memphis, was originally selected by the Sacramento Kings with the fourth overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft.

He won Rookie of the Year during his inaugural campaign after registering 20.1 points, 5.8 assists, 5.3 boards and 1.5 steals per game, but his inability to make the three-ball was a major concern during his early years.

Evans then made his way to the New Orleans Pelicans by his fifth season, and three years into his Pelicans tenure, he became a dependable long-range shooter, which carried over into his Kings reunion after being traded from New Orleans in 2017 and then into his one season with the Memphis Grizzlies last year.