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Tyreke Evans kicked out of NBA for violating drug program

Guard Tyreke Evans has been banned from the NBA for a violation of the league’s anti-drug program.

Evans, who spent last season with the Indiana Pacers, has been “dismissed and disqualified” from the league over a violation of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program. Under the terms of the policy, Evans tested positive for a “drug of abuse,” and can apply for reinstatement in two years.

The 29-year-old played in 69 games for the Pacers last season, mostly as a reserve. He averaged 10.2 points in just over 20 minutes per game, and was set to become a free agent this summer.

It is unclear what Evans was banned for, but such a violation would have to be an intensely serious one. The only precedents in recent years would be Chris Andersen and O.J. Mayo, who were both hit with the same punishment. Andersen was eventually reinstated.


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