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Tyreke Evans won’t travel to Cleveland with Pacers

Tyreke Evans, Pacers

The Indiana Pacers take on the Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday night, but they will be without point guard Tyreke Evans.

Pacers head coach Nate McMillan told local reporters after Friday’s practice that Evans will not make the trip with the team. A reason for the absence was not given.

According to Akeem Glaspie and Jim Ayello of the Indy Star, Tyreke Evans was at practice on Friday, but the former Rookie of the Year winner left with an executive from the team’s facility.

Indy Star is also reporting that Pacers president Kevin Pritchard addressed the team after practice, something he rarely does.

Until we have more information, there’s no telling what’s going on with Evans. One would assume that some personal stuff has come up that he has to attend to.

Evans signed a one-year, $12 million free agent deal with the Pacers in July after spending last season with the Memphis Grizzlies. The 29-year-old was highly productive with Memphis. In 52 regular-season games, Evans averaged 19.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists while shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 39.9 percent from beyond the arc.

In five games this season with Indiana, Tyreke Evans has averaged 12.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists coming off the bench. He’s playing roughly 22 minutes a night.

The Pacers enter their matchup against the Cavs with a record of 3-2.