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REPORT: Tyreke Evans finalizing 1-year, $12 million deal with Indiana Pacers

Tyreke Evans

The Indiana Pacers were looking to be players in free agency this summer, and on the third day, they made their big move. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Pacers have agreed to a one-year deal with former Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans. The deal will be worth $12 million for the 2018-19 season.

Evans previously played with the Grizzlies during the 2017-18 season, and displayed his ability to still be really effective while also staying relatively healthy. He sat out the final month of the regular season, but that’s because the Grizzlies were tanking for a high lottery pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Evans had the second best season of his career last season, averaging 19.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.1 steals per game on 45 percent shooting from the field. What surprised many was Evans’ suddenly becoming a very legitimate and dangerous three-point threat. He made a career-high 2.2 three-pointers per game on a career-high 40 percent from beyond the arc.

Evans now joins a Pacers team that nearly stunned the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 postseason led by All-Star Victor Oladipo. Should they stay healthy, Indiana has a chance to be a dark horse in the Eastern Conference, especially with LeBron James heading West as well as the injury histories to teams like the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers.