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Pacers links: Tyreke Evans finds a good fit with Pacers; preseason roadie moves to Cleveland

The Pacers reshaped their roster over the offseason and found Tyreke Evans wanting to join the team as much as they wanted him to fill a critical role off the bench.

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Catching up on the Pacers after a weekend which saw the Blue and Gold rest their starters in Memphis but put on a good show with the remaining reserves, save for about 10 too many turnovers. On Monday night, the Pacers will be in Cleveland for their penultimate preseason game to take on the new-look Cavs, or more specifically, the no-LeBron Cavs.

Among the stories in the links today, I direct you toward J. Michael’s profile on Tyreke Evans which reports nicely on just what the Pacers should expect to get from Evans and how he ended up landing in Indy. Did you know he passed on a spot with the Lakers?

Evans found everything he was looking for with the Pacers. A chance to prove himself on a one-year deal with a team that impressed him last season for the way they went about winning. He’s not hunting the spotlight and while he’s filling a role played by Lance Stephenson last season, in many ways which should fit well with the Pacers, Evans is the anti-Lance.

“I figured out with the run they had, watching how they played and how the chemistry was, I thought I would fit well,” Evans says of the Pacers. “Even though a lot of people think it was a Cinderella run for them, I watch basketball a lot and I could tell the heart they played with in that first round. Throughout the season they played hard every night. I saw the fight in them. I wanted to be a part of that.”

An added bonus in the piece are comments from one of my underrated favorite players to watch, Rod Strickland who coached Evans in college at Memphis. Great read.

Check out the links:

Game Preview: Pacers at Cavaliers (Preseason) | Indiana Pacers

Tyreke Evans shuns larger markets for Pacers' blue-collar appeal

Takeaways from Pacers preseason outing against Memphis

2018 NBA Offseason Review: Central Division - RealGM Analysis

Best Case, Worst Case: Indiana Pacers - The Ringer

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