Tyreke Evans explains why he joined Victor Oladipo, Pacers
Evans had quite a few potential suitors in free agency after a huge season with the Memphis Grizzlies that saw him average 19.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.2 assists in 52 games. However, he chose to sign a one-year deal with the Pacers to the surprise of everyone.
Some have questioned why he would sign with Indiana over all of the other teams who showed interest in signing him. And Evans happily opened up with those answers in an interview with James Herbert of CBS Sports.
“Victor is a problem, and everybody that was with him never backed down. They just played hard the whole game. They put up a fight. Once I seen that, I knew that was a good fit that I could go over and help. Just adding another guy that can create, help those guys out. That’s why I chose it.”
Evans, who recently said that he believes the Pacers can win the wide-open Eastern Conference, also talked about how the organization is treating him and how he is excited for a more normal season with a team that he trusts.
“I’ve been in some tough situations. Two contract years. But I feel like this organization, they bond well. Just the owners and things like that. I really lost faith in a lot of owners because of situations I’ve been in, but I have faith with these owners. They seem pretty upfront and I like that. Just everything around here, the organization is just amazing. They treat everybody the same, not just one guy. I feel like I’m in a real nice situation this year, so I’m going to take advantage of it as much as possible.”
Evans and Oladipo are going to be a very dangerous duo this season for opposing defenses. They may not be in the starting lineup together, but they will certainly see a lot of time together on the court throughout the 2018-19 campaign.
Kevin Pritchard and company should be very happy with the team that they have been able to put together this offseason. Evans and Doug McDermott were both quality signings, and they improve a team that was already incredibly competitive last season.
Expect to see Evans make a big difference in his first season with the Pacers. He will have a chance to test free agency again next summer, but if things go well, Indiana will do everything in their power to retain him.