The Indiana Pacers have pulled off one of the shrewdest free agent signings of the offseason by agreeing a deal with Tyreke Evans.
The veteran will pen a one-year deal in Indianapolis worth $12 million, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Evans spent the last couple of days discussing terms with Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard and they've finally come to agreement.
This represents a significant capture for Indiana as the point guard is coming off his best season since his rookie year.
Back to his best
He averaged 19.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 52 games for the Memphis Grizzlies last season.
His arrival will see him form a talented backcourt partnership with Victor Oladipo.
Evans will also ease the playmaking and scoring load on the Pacers All-Star and give the team another weapon.
The 28-year-old is still in the prime of his career and bounced back impressively last year after he seemed to be on the decline.
In the 2016-17 season, in which he represented the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings, he averaged just 11.6 points as he struggled to stay healthy, playing just 40 games.
But the Grizzlies took a chance on him for the 2017-18 campaign and signed him to a small one-year, $3.29 million deal.
The former Rookie of the Year repaid their faith by having a strong year.
He was one of only three players to average at least 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists while shooting 39 percent from three-point range.
To put these numbers into perspective, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were the other two players to post these stats.
After committing to Indiana, the nine-year man took to Twitter to thank the Grizzlies organisation and fans for believing in him and allowing him to rebuild his career.
His productive season saw him receive a lot of interest this summer, holding meetings with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers too.
According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, the Golden State Warriors explored the possibility of using their $5.3 million mid-level exception on the guard.
But Slater reports that Evans turned down the Dubs because of concerns about money, minutes and his offensive role within the already star-studded squad.
That left the door open for the Warriors to unexpectedly land DeMarcus Cousins for that money and allowed the Pacers to swoop in and capture Evans.
At 6'6", he's capable of playing both guard positions and will be a valuable addition to a strong Pacers roster.
With LeBron James leaving the Eastern Conference, Indiana will be one of the teams fancying their chances of making a deep playoff run.
The addition of Evans certainly improves them and should it excite the fans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse next season.
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