By Ben Golliver
The NBA officially warned Kings guard Tyreke Evans for violating its anti-flopping policy on Thursday.
Evans' flop occurred with less than one minute remaining in the third quarter of a 116-101 defeat of the Clippers in Sacramento's Sleep Train Arena on Tuesday night. Clippers forward Matt Barnes missed a lay-up in transition and Evans beat him in a scramble for the rebound. Evans then dribbled into Barnes, creating contact, before flailing his arms and head backward to exaggerate the incident. Barnes was called for a defensive foul on the play, even though he seemed to barely realize what was happening, and Evans was awarded two free throws.
This type of flop was specifically called out in the NBA’s official video introducing its flopping policy. In the video, Spurs guard Tony Parker was fouled on a drive but unnecessarily sent himself flying to the ground.
"The highlighted offensive player will draw a legitimate defensive foul on the drive but he subsequently over-embellishes the contact by flailing his arms and spinning to the floor," the video's narrator explains. "This over-embellished action is inconsistent with the level of contact and the direction of the contact."
Evans becomes the 15th player to be warned this season, joining Clippers guard Chris Paul, Nuggets forward Corey Brewer, Spurs guard Tony Parker, Sixers guard Royal Ivey, Bucks center Gustavo Ayon, Rockets center Omer Asik, Hawks center Zaza Pachulia, Clippers guard Chauncey Billups, Nets forward Gerald Wallace, Kings forward Patrick Patterson, Nets forward Reggie Evans, Thunder guard Kevin Martin, Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea and Cavaliers guard Donald Sloan.
Evans will now be subject to fines if he violates the policy again. The sliding fine scale looks like this.
Violation 2: $5,000 fine
Violation 3: $10,000 fine
Violation 4: $15,000 fine
Violation 5: $30,000 fine
For a sixth (or any subsequent) violation of the rule, the player will be subject to such discipline as the League determines is reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension.
Evans, 23, is averaging 15.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game for the Kings. He is on the books for $5.3 million this season.
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