The NBA has decided to formally dismiss Tyreke Evans from the league for violating the drug policies of the NBA and NBAPA.
Due to the dismissal type, Evans will be eligible to return to the league in two years. When the league notified the Indiana Pacers, the organization released this statement:
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) May 17, 2019
The test results showed “drugs of abuse” in Evans’ system. This category contains amphetamines, including methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, and opiates like heroin, codeine, and morphine. This does not mean all of these drugs were found in his system, but rather, the tests show any number of these could be in his system.
The 29-year-old veteran joined the Pacers this season as a free agent and did not have a particularly great season.
Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard declined comment at the NBA draft combine in Chicago.
A 10-year veteran who will be a free agent after the season, Evans averaged 10.2 points in 69 games after signing with the Pacers in July. He scored 19.4 points per game for Memphis in 2017-18 and previously played for Sacramento and New Orleans.
Evans sat out one game early in the season for violating team rules and issued an apology then for being late to practice. He also missed three games late in the year due to personal reasons and a respiratory infection.