Tyreke Jamir Evans is an American professional basketball player who is a free agent. After playing college basketball for the Memphis Tigers, he was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings.
Evans went on to win the 2010 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
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Tyreke Evans: Drug Test, What Did Test Positive For, Which Drug
After more than two years out of the NBA for violating the league’s anti-drug program, the extremely talented shooting guard Tyreke Evans has been reinstated and as of next Friday will become a free agent with those who can signed with the team of their choice.
He was selected fourth overall in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings, and in his debut campaign was voted Rookie of the Year (2009-20010).
It was in a generation that included the likes of current superstars Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and James Harden of the Philadelphia 76ers.
What Did Test Positive For:
“In the event that the player tests positive for a drug of abuse … he shall immediately be dismissed and disqualified from any association with the NBA or any of its teams,” the CBA reads.
The CBA lists “marijuana and its by-products” under “prohibited substances,” but not not as a “drug of abuse.”
Tyreke Evans is a free agent and can immediately begin to negotiate with teams. He will be eligible to sign with any team starting Friday at 12 p.m. ET. Evans, the fourth overall draft pick by the Sacramento Kings in 2009, won the 2010 NBA Rookie of the Year award and played 594 games (426 starts) for four teams spanning 10 seasons.
Two years ago, Tyreke Evans was “dismissed and disqualified” from the NBA for violating the league’s anti-drug program. The league announced that he could apply for reinstatement after a two-year period.
Years ago, Chris Andersen and OJ Mayo faced similar punishments for failing drug tests. Andersen ended up coming back and playing 10 more seasons in the NBA after being banned (and he won a championship with the Miami Heat in 2013).
Mayo hasn’t played in the NBA since being banned, but he has hooped overseas in Puerto Rico, China, Taiwan and Serbia.