Evans wasn’t thrilled with his role during the regular season after signing a one-year, $12.4MM contract with Indiana in free agency last summer. The combo guard averaged 10.2 PPG in 20.3 MPG in 68 games while taking an average of 9.6 shots, six fewer per game than he did with the Grizzlies last season. He was also nagged by soreness in right knee.
Evans said he wants to play for a “good team,” and the Pacers certainly fit that criteria. But he’d also like to play a role similar to the one he had in the last two games of the playoffs. He averaged 20 PPG in 24 MPG during Games 3 and 4 of Boston’s first-round sweep of Indiana.
Evans, who turned down offers from the Lakers and Hornets last summer, wants to be able to play through his mistakes and utilize his offensive skill set, according to Michael.
“The playing situation was just a little different,” Evans said. “Not how I expected it to be. I feel like I was forcing a lot when I came in.”