Tyreke Evans was reinstated last month and has been eligible to sign with a team since February 18, but he’s yet to play again after spending most of his career with the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings. That could change very soon.
He’s now set to workout for the Golden State Warriors, a team that doesn’t necessarily lack playmaking nor guard play. The workout in general is an interesting move for Golden State who are loaded with shooting guards.
The Golden State Warriors may be looking to add a bit more playmaking help as they are set to workout former No. 4 overall pick Tyreke Evans.
The Dubs do lack a true backup point guard, but Evans is more of a creator than floor general, so, if added, it’ll be intriguing what role he takes on in the offense. Nonetheless, Evans could certainly be a contributor and fill a hole as the team’s backup point guard.
The first reports of a potential workout came via The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Evans, before being suspended following positive test for a prohibited substance under the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program, was putting together quite a successful career.
After being taken 4th in the 2009 NBA Draft, Evans immediately made an impact on the Kings. He put up 20.1 points per game as a rookie, his highest per-game average in a single season. In each of his ten seasons in the NBA, Evans has scored more than 10 points per game.
Having the capability of playing and defending the 1-3, Evans’ versatility would be an important tool for Golden State, and his ability to create for others offensively, averaging 4.8 assists per game on his career, could be a valuable skill set for the Warriors as well.
Ultimately, Evans could be a difference-making guard for the Warriors, and his creation on the offensive end could be of use for the second unit. However, there should be many questions about if he’s in good enough shape to return to the NBA level.
I wouldn’t be shocked if the Warriors signed the veteran guard, especially as they’ve struggled defensively lately. Evans has averaged 1.2 steals per game in his career and is an athletic 6-foot-6. He could add length defensively.
After missing out on many buyout options like Goran Dragic, the Warriors need to find a way to improve their roster, and Evans could be that quality late-season addition Golden State has been searching for.