Veteran guard Tyreke Evans was dismissed from the NBA today due to a violation of the league’s anti-drug policy. Evans faces a two-year ban, at minimum.
Evans, 29, spent last season with the Indiana Pacers. He was set to be a free agent this summer.
Instead, Evans will be disqualified from the NBA for at least the next two seasons. He can apply for reinstatement at that time.
There is precedent for this type of situation, as Chris “Birdman” Andersen was dismissed from the league in 2006 and reinstated in 2008.
Tyreke Evans dismissed and DQ’d from the NBA pic.twitter.com/QIbzDMfjaO
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) May 17, 2019
The Pacers released a statement on Evans’ punishment shortly after the news broke.
“We take these matters seriously and will reach out to Tyreke and offer our support,” the statement reads.
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) May 17, 2019
Evans, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, has played for four different franchises in his career. After a strong 2017-18 stint with the Memphis Grizzlies, he struggled with Indiana this past season.
Now, he’ll have to wait a while for his next NBA opportunity.
We’ll update you on more background details on Evans’ situation as they become available.