Free agent guard Tyreke Evans has been “dismissed and disqualified” from the NBA for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program, the league announced Friday.
Evans must wait two years before he can apply for reinstatement.
According to the league’s collective bargaining agreement, players can only be disqualified for a third positive test for performance-enhancing drugs, or a first positive test for “drugs of abuse,” which are listed as benzodiazepines, synthetic cathinones, cocaine, GHB, ketamine, LSD, methamphetamine, opiates, and PCP.
Evans has not previously served a suspension for doping.
“We take these matters seriously and will reach out to Tyreke to offer our support,” the Pacers said in a statement released by the team.
Struggling to find his rhythm as an off-ball, spot-up threat with limited touches while also battling knee troubles, the 29-year-old, barrel-chested scorer put up career lows in points (10.2), assists (2.4), field goal percentage (38.9%), and free-throw rate (0.242) in 69 games with the Pacers, though he ended up playing a crucial role in the playoffs as the team’s lone shot-creator, averaging 15.3 points in 21 minutes over four games.
Evans served a one-game suspension earlier in the season for violating team rules and later missed games for undisclosed personal reasons in March.
“I was late for practice.” Evans said in a statement released by the team at the time of his team-imposed suspension. “This is the most professional and team-oriented organization I have been with in my career. They deserve my best every day and I am disappointed in myself for causing a distraction that prevents me from being able to help my team tomorrow. I will do better.”
Before being waived by the Pacers in 2017, Monta Ellis drew a softer five-game suspension for violating the league’s anti-drug policy, indicating he had tested positive a third-time for marijuana use.
Unlike Ellis, Evans was an unrestricted free agent.
The 9-year veteran will be 31 years old when he he’s eligible to apply for a return to the NBA.