Tyreke Evans Reinstated By NBA

The NBA has reinstated Tyreke Evans from a lengthy drug ban, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweets.

As  JD Shaw of Hoops Rumors reported in early December, Evans had been seeking reinstatement and was hopeful the suspension would be dropped. He has been training in preparation for a return, working out in Miami with John Wall and Michael Beasley, according to Marc Stein (Twitter link).

Evans is an unrestricted free agent and can sign a contract as soon as noon ET on Friday, the NBA announced (via Twitter).

Evans played in the league from 2009-19. He was dismissed and disqualified by the NBA in May 2019 for violating the league’s anti-drug program. At the time, the league declared Evans would be eligible to apply for reinstatement after two years.

Evans, 32, was the fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft and played for the Kings, Pelicans, Grizzlies, and Pacers. He had a down year in 2018/19 after signing a one-year, $12.4MM contract with Indiana, averaging 10.2 PPG, 2.9 RPG, and 2.4 APG with a career-worst .389 FG% in 69 games (20.3 MPG).

He has averaged 15.7 PPG, 4.6 RPG and 4.8 APG in 594 career games.

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