Guard Tyreke Evans, who played for the Indiana Pacers this season, has been "dismissed and disqualified" from the NBA for two years for violating the league's anti-drug program.
Evans, 29, averaged 10.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game with the Pacers. He averaged 15.7 points per game in his career after being drafted fourth overall by the Sacramento Kings in 2009.
The NBA said Evans is eligible to apply for reinstatement to the league in two years.
Evans was suspended for one game early in the season for tardiness and missed games later in the season for personal reasons.
Pacers guard Tyreke Evans has been banned for a violation of the league's anti-drug policy. (Photo: Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports)
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He had expressed interest in returning to the Pacers after they were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
The Pacers released the following statement:
"The Indiana Pacers were informed Friday by the NBA that Tyreke Evans has been dismissed from the league for a violation of the league’s anti-drug policy.
"We take these matters seriously and will reach out to Tyreke to offer our support."
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The NBA's list of drugs of abuse include amphetamines, benzodiazepines, cocaine, LSD and opiates. Marijuana is not a drug of abuse, according to the NBA's drug policy.
The last player suspended under this policy was O.J. Mayo on July 1, 2016. According to a Sports Illustrated story, Mayo "acknowledged … abusing a prescription pain medication that triggered his two-year ban."
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