The Indiana Pacers will be without their biggest offseason addition as they attempt to avenge a loss to the team that ended their season in the first round of the playoffs last spring.
Guard Tyreke Evans has been ruled out for the Pacers' game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena for a violation of team rules, the team announced Friday in a press release.
Evans, who signed a one-year, $12.4 million deal with Indiana on July 6, was late for a practice. He expressed remorse in a statement Friday.
“This is the most professional and team-oriented organization I have been with in my career,” he said. “They deserve my best every day and I am disappointed in myself for causing a distraction that prevents me from being able to help my team tomorrow. I will do better.”
Evans, 29, the fourth overall pick of the 2009 draft by the Sacramento Kings out of Memphis, is averaging 12.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.4 steals in 21.2 minutes in five games this season, shooting 45.3 percent from the field, 47.1 percent from the 3-point arc and 50.0 percent from the free-throw line.