Pacers ink Tyreke Evans for one year, $12 million

Ruben Hill
July 4, 2018

The Thunder was able to retain Paul George and Jerami Grant, but it has to keep pace in the Western Conference.

The free-agent guard is nearing a one-year contract with the Pacers, ESPN reported, citing unidentified league sources. It had also been rumored that Evans drew interest from the Lakers and Thunder.

Evans boosted his value by averaging 19.4 points - his best mark since his rookie campaign in 2009-10 - 5.2 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 30.9 minutes per game in 52 contests (32 starts).

Evans, 28, is in his ninth season and has played with Sacramento, New Orleans and Memphis.

He could be a good fit for the Thunder as a player that can fill in at both guard spots and can defend multiple positions.

Signing Evans for around the $5.3 million taxpayer mid-level exception could make it hard for the Thunder to bring back free agents Josh Huestis, Corey Brewer or Raymond Felton considering the luxury tax implications.

The fourth overall pick in the 2009 National Basketball Association draft, Evans has career averages of 16.5 points, 5.1 assists and 4.8 rebounds.

The Pacers have also agreed on a three-year, $22 million free agent deal with forward Doug McDermott. Evans made $3.29 million last season on a one-year deal with Memphis.

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