Tyreke Evans disqualified from NBA for violating NBA anti-drug program


Tyreke Evans disqualified from NBA for violating NBA anti-drug program

In the 2009 NBA Draft, the Kings selected Tyreke Evans with the No. 4 pick. This was one slot after the Thunder took James Harden, and three selections before the Warriors took Steph Curry.

While Evans beat out Curry for Rookie of the Year honors in the 2019-10 season for Sacramento -- averaging 20.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists -- his career mostly has been up-and-down.

Ten years later, it looks like his career has come to an abrupt halt.

The Athletic's Shams Charania was first to report that Evans has been "dismissed and disqualified from the NBA for violating its drug program." Bleacher Report's Howard Beck has the full release from the NBA.

Although he has been banned from the league, Evans can apply for reinstatement in two years. Former NBA players Chris Andersen and O.J. Mayo have been the only other players to be penalized to this extent. Andersen returned to the NBA after his ban, while Mayo -- eligible to return for the 2018-19 season -- thus far has not.

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After Evans' stellar rookie year, he continued to average double-figures for the Kings for the next three seasons before leaving for the Pelicans in a sign-and-trade before the 2013-14 season. He was traded back to Sacramento midway through the 2016-17 season, appearing in 14 games (six starts) and averaging 11.6 points per game in just 22.4 minutes.

Evans played the 2018-19 season with the Indiana Pacers, averaging 10.2 points per game primarily as a bench scorer.

Kings' Wenyen Gabriel making family proud in road from war-torn Sudan to NBA

Kings' Wenyen Gabriel making family proud in road from war-torn Sudan to NBA

Kings forward Wenyen Gabriel is one of 25 active NBA players who attended the University of Kentucky, but his journey to the league is far from common.

“I’m 100 percent pure-bred, South Sudanese and I take pride in that.”

Gabriel emigrated to Egypt when he was just a year old to escape a brutal civil war, before eventually getting to the U.S. as a refugee through the United Nations. His first name, Wenyen, means “wipe your tears” in Sudanese, and Gabriel takes that message to heart. 

“I’ve kind of taken it on going forward, that I’m going to wipe the tears from my family, wipe the tears from my country.”

Gabriel was also a college teammate of Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, who has been more than impressed by Gabriel throughout his career.

“He’s great, I mean he’s been through a lot, but that’s why he works so hard,” Fox said.

“I met him like our senior year, before we were both committed to Kentucky, and he reached out to me.”

Gabriel went undrafted in 2018 and was signed to a two-way contract by Sacramento, playing in 42 games for the Stockton Kings in the G League. The big man averaged 10.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

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His game really made waves this summer, as he averaged just over 15 points and seven rebounds in six summer league games, while also shooting 42 percent from three.

Despite the small sample size, an ability to stretch the floor at his size and athleticism will make Gabriel a valuable commodity for a young Kings team looking to make some noise in the Western Conference.

Harrison Barnes all smiles as last Kings player on Team USA roster


Harrison Barnes all smiles as last Kings player on Team USA roster

And then there was one.

Harrison Barnes is the last Kings player left on the Team USA roster after point guard De'Aaron Fox decided to withdraw Saturday, one week after big man Marvin Bagley did the same.

Fox was scheduled to travel with the team this week to Australia for two friendlies, but he’ll now stay home to focus on helping the Kings end their 13-year NBA playoff drought.

Fox's choice was a bit shocking and confusing, considering what he had said in recent days, but in the end, it's the right thing to do based on all the travel that would come along with playing another two weeks until the FIBA World Cup in China.

Barnes, on the other hand, is one of the sage veterans on the team, and it appears he plans to stick it out.

The 13 remaining players on the Team USA roster got together for a photo shoot in Marina del Rey on Saturday, and Barnes was all smiles.

Fox impressed his coaches and teammates during Team USA's training camp, but he never found a consistent role. Barnes, though, started the friendly against Spain on Friday, and finished with two points and three rebounds in 14 minutes.

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With the Kings traveling to India for two preseason games in October, Barnes could have three long trips in his future if he also goes to China with Team USA.

Hope you're able to sleep on planes, Harrison.