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Warriors working out veteran G fresh off NBA suspension

Tyreke Evans in profile

The Golden State Warriors have been struggling lately and are apparently looking for some reinforcements.

Not only is Draymond Green set to return on March 14 from his back injury, but the Dubs are showing interest in veteran guard Tyreke Evans. Yes, that Tyreke Evans.

Evans was kicked out of the NBA in May 2019 for drug abuse. His ban ended up running for three years before he was reinstated on Feb. 14.

The Warriors worked out Evans in Miami last week, according to reporter Anthony Slater. Evans did enough to earn a workout with Golden State this week in San Francisco.

The Warriors figure to have competition from the Bucks for Evans’ services. The 32-year-old guard also has talked with Milwaukee.

The 2009-2010 NBA Rookie of the Year last played in the 2018-2019 season. He averaged 10.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game in a bench role for the Indiana Pacers.

A few contenders are interested in potentially adding Evans. He wouldn’t come cheap for Golden State though.

Photo: Nov 27, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Tyreke Evans (12) against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Bucks working out notable ex-Rookie of the Year

Giannis Antetokounmpo points

The Milwaukee Bucks’ roster still looks largely the same as it did for their title run last year, but they may be eyeing a key upgrade around the fringes.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Saturday that former Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans will be working out for the Bucks in the coming days. Charania adds that the defending champions have one open roster spot left.

Evans, who is now 32, has been out of the league for the last three years. He was banned from the NBA in 2019 after a positive test for “drugs of abuse” but was reinstated by the league earlier this month.

During his last stint in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Evans posted 10.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game in a bench role. The Bucks do need another creator since their only meaningful upgrade from last year has been their recent trade for Serge Ibaka. But it remains to be seen how much Evans still has left in the tank (and if he will be able to find his way into the Bucks facility in the first place).

Photo: Apr 29, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) warms up before the game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Tyreke Evans set for NBA comeback after reinstatement

Tyreke Evans

A notable name is on his way back to the NBA after being reinstated following a drug suspension.

Veteran guard Tyreke Evans has been reinstated after a nearly three-year ban, the league announced Monday. Evans is eligible to negotiate with any team, and can sign a contract starting Friday.

Evans was initially dismissed from the league after testing positive for “drugs of abuse.” As of December, the 32-year-old had been training ahead of a possible return, so he should be in good enough shape to audition for any interested teams.

Evans was the league’s Rookie of the Year in 2009-10 and was a consistent starter for Sacramento and New Orleans during his career. He last played for the Indiana Pacers, where he averaged 10.2 points as a reserve in 2018-19.

Photo: Nov 27, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Tyreke Evans (12) against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ex-NBA Rookie of the Year eyeing reinstatement after drug ban

Tyreke Evans being interviewed

Two years after being kicked out of the NBA, a notable former player is looking to get reinstated.

JD Shaw of Hoops Rumors reported this week that ex-NBA Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans is hoping to be reinstated by the league soon. The 32-year-old is said to be training in preparation for a return.

Evans was “dismissed and disqualified” from the NBA in 2019 after violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA anti-drug program. He had reportedly tested positive for “drugs of abuse.” While it still remains unclear what specifically Evans tested positive for, the list of drugs that are categorized by the NBA as “drugs of abuse” includes “amphetamine and its analogs, which include methamphetamine; cocaine; LSD; opiates, including heroin, codeine and morphine; and PCP.”

When he last played in the NBA for the Indiana Pacers in 2018-19, Evans averaged 10.2 points and 2.4 assists per game. He became eligible to apply for reinstatement earlier this year.

Some players who were banned from the NBA under similar circumstances, like OJ Mayo, never played in the league again. But there is still precedent for players enjoying success after being reinstated from a drug ban.

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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.

Report: Tyreke Evans turned down Warriors’ MLE that went to Cousins

Here is yet another star that aligned perfectly for the Golden State Warriors to land DeMarcus Cousins.

Anthony Slater of The Athletic reported on Tuesday that Evans, who agreed to a one-year deal with the Indiana Pacers, was Golden State’s original target for their midlevel exception of $5.3 million. Evans turned them down due to the lack of his desired money and role, so the exception went to Cousins instead.

In a cruel cosmic twist, Evans’ rejection made the Warriors’ infinitely better off. Instead of adding the former Rookie of the Year (another ball-handler, which they have enough of, as well as an erratic shooter), they wound up with an elite inside-outside big man to plug their gaping hole at center right up.

Granted, Cousins will still have to prove his health as he recovers from an Achilles tear. But this is just another one of the unbelievable factors that converged in Golden State’s favor for them to reel in a fifth All-Star.

Tyreke Evans, Pacers reportedly have mutual interest

Tyreke Evans is arguably the best scoring guard left on the free agent market, and he has drawn interest from several teams. The Indiana Pacers are among those teams, and it sounds like Evans has a decent chance of signing with them.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that Evans has a meeting lined up with the Pacers and there is “interest on both sides to get a deal done.”

Evans has also been linked to top Western Conference teams like the Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers, but those teams may not have enough money to sign the 28-year-old if he is looking for a sizable contract.

Evans averaged 19.4 points per game in 52 games with the Memphis Grizzlies last season. That mark was the best since his rookie year.

Report: Celtics want to parlay Marcus Smart trade into Lou Williams or Tyreke Evans

Danny Ainge Celtics

The Boston Celtics seem determined to get a first-round pick in any trade that involves point guard Marcus Smart, and now we have a better understanding of why.

ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that the Celtics have been so adamant about getting a first-round pick as part of a deal for Smart because they are hoping to be able to use the pick to acquire either Lou Williams or Tyreke Evans.

The Celtics are looking for an impact player who can score points off the bench, and either Williams or Evans would be a nice addition. Evans is a player Danny Ainge has supposedly been enamored with for a while. Williams is averaging 23.3 points and 5.3 assists in what has been a career year for him with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Smart seems to have fallen out of favor with the Celtics in the wake of an embarrassing temper tantrum, but Ainge has never been one to make desperation moves. If Boston can’t find a team willing to offer a first-round pick, they will probably just stick with Smart.

Celtics reportedly pursuing both Lou Williams, Tyreke Evans

Boston Celtics

Despite holding the best record in the Eastern Conference and having just signed Greg Monroe for relative peanuts, the Boston Celtics are still not satisfied with their team from the looks of it.

According to a report by Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald on Saturday, the Celtics are pursuing a pair of notable sixth men on the trade market: LA Clippers guard Lou Williams and Memphis Grizzlies swingman Tyreke Evans. Bulpett also adds that those two players appear to be Boston’s “main targets.”

Though the C’s already have one of the deepest squads in the NBA arguably, they still seem to lack a true go-to scorer off their bench.

Both Williams (23.5 points per game this season) and Evans (19.5 ppg) obviously fit that billing. Both are also largely expected to be on new teams come the Feb. 8 deadline.

Report: Grizzlies plan to sit Tyreke Evans while trying to trade him

The Memphis Grizzlies are planning to sit Tyreke Evans while they look to trade him, according to a report.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Memphis’ front office plans to sit Evans beginning with the team’s game against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

The idea is that they are protecting Evans from getting injured before they have a chance to trade him.

Earlier on Wednesday, The New York Times’ Marc Stein reported that the Philadelphia 76ers expressed interest in Evans. He says the Grizzlies want a first-round pick in return for the guard.

Evans is averaging 19.5 points, five rebounds and five assists per game for Memphis this season. These are his best numbers since his rookie season with Sacramento.