Tyreke Evans Looking to Suit Up Again After NBA Drug Ban

Hoopster Tyreke Evans with the Indianapolis Pacers in 2019 before his drug ban. (via NBA)

Tyreke Evans was the fourth overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft. Selected by Sacramento, the 6-foot-6 guard out of Memphis had a breakout first season, averaging 20 points per game and winning the 2010 Rookie of the Year award. 

Evans has averaged 15.7 ppg during his 11-year NBA career, but he hasn't played a game since 2019 when the NBA banned him for two years for violating the league's anti-drug program while with the Pacers. Evans was cited for an unnamed drug of abuse, not a PED. Such drugs include cocaine, meth, heroin and other non-prescribed opioids.

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Now that Evans has been reinstated, he's looking for work as a unrestricted free agent, trying out for the Bucks and Warriors, both playoffs-bound teams. 

Other players to receive similar drug bans include O.J. Mayo, Roy Tarpley and Micheal Ray Richardson. 

The NBA stopped testing players to detect THC in 2020.


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