With many EuroLeague teams on the market in search of a mid-season boost, Tyreke Evans is available on the market. The 29 years old player who has been dismissed and disqualified from the NBA for violating the terms of the NBA/National Basketball Players Association anti-drug program, can make a return in Europe.
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After being punished last May, Evans is eligible to apply for NBA reinstatement in two years. However, his ban doesn’t affect his status as a player in Europe. The rookie of the year in the 2009-10 season has been offered during the last month around Europe, and teams like Baskonia and Olympiacos are in search of a backcourt player.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Chinese Basketball Association is implementing new guideline barring a player under a drug- or violence-related ban/suspension in another league from signing in the CBA. The rule would impact a free agent such as 10-year NBA veteran Tyreke Evans.
Olgun Uluc: Tyreke Evans has made exploratory calls about playing in the NBL, according to multiple sources. There’s no indication that his discussions went further than just exploring the option. Evans was just banned from the NBA for 2 years, for violating the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.
Shams Charania: Pacers free agent Tyreke Evans has been dismissed and disqualified from the league for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.
The NBA announced today that Tyreke Evans has been dismissed and disqualified from the league for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program. Under the Anti-Drug Program, Evans is eligible to apply for reinstatement in two years.
Tyreke Evans leaves the door open that he’d consider coming back to play for the Indiana Pacers, but he’d have to be the player he was allowed to be in the last two games of their series sweep with the Boston Celtics. “I’m looking for a good team,” he said. Also a team that’ll let him play through his mistakes and be himself.
It was a wise choice to bypass them for the Pacers as both missed the postseason, but 2018-19 still fell short of his expectations going into the summer as an unrestricted free agent. “The playing situation was just a little different,” said Evans, who was suspended for chronic tardiness for the sixth game in his first season with the Pacers. “Not how I expected it to be. I feel like I was forcing a lot when I came in.”
1. What we’ve seen with Tyreke Evans this season has been beyond disappointing. I think it is safe to say the likelihood of him returning in July is slim to none. Do you think his failures could deter other free agents from wanting to come to a place like Indiana? Scott Agness: 1. Nope. Don’t expect Tyreke back. That was a bad fit from the beginning. Both parties are trying to make it work and get through the season. I don’t think his case will impact future FAs at all.
Scott Agness: New profile photo for @Tyreke Evans, the newest Pacer.
Tony Jones: Shoutout to my bro @SneakerReporter for having the Tyreke Evans news first. He beat everyone by a full 24 hours. Please Give him his credit
Anthony Slater: Warriors’ initial target on the MLE was Tyreke Evans. They were turned down because of the lack of desired money (shots/minutes/etc). That’s what left it still open for the taking when DeMarcus Cousins called Bob Myers.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent guard Tyreke Evans traveled to meet with the Indiana Pacers today, league sources tell ESPN. There’s interest on both sides to get a deal done, but still work to do on it.
Sam Amick on Tyreke Evans: “With the Warriors, there are couple layers to this that got my attention. Not only is [Warriors GM] Bob Myers his former agent from the Wasserman days, but LaMont Peterson was his trainer for the longest time and came up with him in Pennsylvania and now he’s a scout for the Warriors. Tyreke has a lot of ties to the Warriors and he has fans in the locker room.”
John Martin: Tyreke Evans’ brother: “If the Grizzlies asked us for a last-minute meeting, we would take it.” Sounds like his decision will come down to Thunder, Lakers, Warriors, or Hornets, and soon.
Chris Haynes: ESPN Sources: Free agent guard Tyreke Evans meeting with the Lakers today. He met with Oklahoma City last night in Los Angeles.
Tyreke Evans, the 2010 NBA Rookie of the Year, had perhaps the best season of his eight-year career, averaging nearly 20 points in 30.9 minutes per game. While the Grizzlies have interest, sources said he is excepted to be too expensive to retain.
Chris Haynes: ESPN Sources: With Indiana declining team option on Lance Stephenson, Tyreke Evans and Will Barton are expected to be two of its free-agent targets.
The Memphis Grizzlies are interested in re-signing Tyreke Evans who will be free agent from July 1. Evans signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Grizzlies last summer.
Memphis keeping him indicates they plan to try to keep him this summer. He was brought in by coach Dave Fizdale, but he was fired early in the season after a clash with Marc Gasol. While Evans has continued to score well, it’s not clear where his future may lay. “Summertime, I just have to weigh my options. I’ve been through free agency before, so I know what to expect now,” Evans said. “Definitely want to talk to my family and my brothers, my agent. Hopefully, we’ll make the right choice.”
At the end of the day, he was grateful that Fiz and the Grizzlies organization put him in position to resurrect his career. “I thank Memphis for the chance they gave me to bring my game back here. Whatever would have happened, happened. One of the reasons I came here, when I talked to Fizdale, was he said he was going to let me play my game. “Other than that, just glad to be here with my teammates again.”
Most of the league was shocked nothing happened, except for Tyreke Evans. “My friends were more shocked than me, sitting there and watching it go by,” Evans said. “I didn’t get traded, so…”
Mark Murphy: Lot of teams were interested in Tyreke Evans at deadline, including C’s. He’ll be considering many of those teams this summer – “A little bit – definitely want to talk to my family and my brothers, my agent. Hopefully we’ll make the right choice.”
Evans said he plans to discuss his upcoming free agency with his agent and family this summer. For now, he’s grateful the Grizzlies gave him an opportunity to showcase his talent. “I thank Memphis for the chance they gave me,” Evans said. “They gave me a chance to bring my game back here, so I mean, like I said, whatever would have happened, would have happened. For me being here, they did a lot for me, and I thank the organization for that.”
Jared Weiss: Tyreke Evans said his friends were more shocked than he was when he wasn’t traded at the deadline. This summer he’s planning to talk to his friends and family and agent to figure out his future.
The Grizzlies ultimately chose not to trade Tyreke Evans last week because they valued the advantage keeping him now would give them in trying to sign him again this summer more than they valued the meager return Evans was fetching on the trade market. This clear intent to try to bring Evans back means that the Grizzlies think Evans would return to Memphis for the mid-level exception (north of $8.5 million), the maximum the team can offer. That would mean Evans not only choosing Memphis over other comparable offers, but, presumably, not getting offers this summer for more (or at least not substantially more).
Even if the Grizzlies don’t go for the blockbuster involving center Marc Gasol — and they will pursue Gasol deals right through the February deadline — expect them to be busy as they continue to reconfigure the roster. They’ve gotten a big boost from the play of guard Tyreke Evans, who seems to have rediscovered his game in Memphis, and they have already received significant interest. He’d be an ideal bench scorer.
Geoff Calkins: Tyreke Evans has agreed to terms with the Grizzlies. He’s retuning to Memphis. Story to come.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Tyreke Evans has agreed to a one-year, $3.3M deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources tell ESPN.
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J. Michael: Just talked with a 4th league source on this w/direct knowledge: This is the first time TJ Warren has been featured as a main option on a team, will be paid like it, likes the smaller market and the plans for him regardless of the coach. He doesn’t want to go anywhere
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Dane Moore: Karl-Anthony Towns was asked postgame about his exchange with Jimmy Butler, and Anthony Edwards stepped in to take the answer “Man, they grown men, dog. They just be talkin, havin a regular conversation, if you ask me… It’s no competition if we not talkin shit to each other.” pic.twitter.com/gDEP0hjbVZ
Chris Hine: Ant refuted my question earlier when I said the Wolves were getting a little emotional in the 3rd Q. @JaceFrederick followed up with “Who was getting emotional then, Ant?” Ant: “The zebras.”