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Tyreke Evans signed a one-year, $12 million free-agent deal with the Indiana Pacers this summer and is excited for the 2018-19 season.
Evans spent last season with the lowly Memphis Grizzlies and was highly productive. In 52 games, Evans averaged 19.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists, shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 39.9 percent from three.
The 28-year-old Evans, who has played his entire nine-year career in the rugged Western Conference, thinks it’s going to be a good year for the Pacers.
“I’m definitely looking forward to this season,” Evans told Matt Mullin of PhillyVoice.com. “I went out there for two weeks, just to get to know the trainers and the coaching staff. Worked out with some of the guys there, some of the young guys. I was there for two weeks working out with them. Coach is excited about the work I was doing and excited to have me. I’m looking forward to it. I think it’s going to be a good year for us.”
Evans grew up in Pennsylvania, so the explosive guard is thrilled to be closer to home.
“It’s definitely going to be different for me after being in the West, but usually when I come to Philly, I take the guys to South Street,” Evans told Mullin. “You know, get some Ishkabibble’s and get a chicken cheesesteak and just head out from there. Philly’s got a lot of unique places to go to get food. When we came from the West Coast, we’d get there at night or in the evening and then had to play and fly out. Playing in Indiana, I’ll be there more and should have more time.”
The Pacers were the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference in 2017-18. They lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games in the first-round of the playoffs. But now that LeBron James is out West, the East is wide-open and Evans and the Pacers are expected to make some noise.
In 525 NBA games with the Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans and Grizzlies, Evans has career averages of 16.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists. He was the 2009-10 Rookie of the Year.