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Tyreke Evans reinstated by NBA, NBPA after two-year ban


After a two-year ban for violating the NBA/National Basketball Players Association anti-drug program, guard Tyreke Evans has been reinstated to play in the league.

Evans, 32, is eligible to start negotiating with teams immediately and can sign a contract as early as Friday at noon ET, the league announced Monday.

Evans is considered to be in good physical condition and should start making himself available to train for teams. He averaged 15.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 594 career games.

Evans is the first player to be suspended and reinstated since the reinstatement of Chris “Birdman” Andersen in 2008. NBA/NBPA drug policy calls for a player to be suspended for two years if they test positive for what is considered a “drug of abuse”.

Evans was the 2010 NBA Rookie of the Year with the Sacramento Kings (2009 to 2013), and he had saves with the New Orleans Pelicans (2013 to 2017), Kings (2017), Memphis Grizzlies (2017-18) and the Indiana Pacers (2018-19).

Evans was Memphis’ fourth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

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