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Tyreke Evans says his season with Pacers was ‘not how I expected it to be’

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Indiana Pacers combo guard Tyreke Evans says his season with the Pacers was “not how I expected it to be.”

Evans signed a one-year, $12.4 million deal with the Pacers last summer. The former Rookie of the Year is effective with the ball in his hands and when he’s going downhill.

However, with the Pacers this season, Evans was asked to play an off-ball role and he wasn’t comfortable in it. The veteran guard was also suspended at the beginning of the season for being late to practice.

“The playing situation was just a little different,” Evans said, via Indy Star. “Not how I expected it to be. I feel like I was forcing a lot when I came in. Knowing when to attack, knowing when not to attack, it was a little different for me. Everybody has ups and downs. I’m going to be ready for next year and work my (butt) off to be so.”

Evans played in 69 games for the Pacers during the regular season. The 29-year-old averaged 10.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per contest while shooting 38.9 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the free-throw line.

In 2017-18 with the Memphis Grizzlies, Evans put up 19.4 points per game.

It will be interesting to see if the Pacers want to bring Evans back. Indiana got swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. Evans averaged 15.3 points in the four-game sweep.