The second-year point guard will be among the casualties when the Clippers cut the roster down to 15 players before Wednesday's season-opener. Evans played sparingly as a rookie last season, and while he never got much of a chance to prove himself at the NBA level, the Clippers will move on from the Oklahoma State product after adding a pair of guards with two lottery picks in the 2018 draft. Evans will become a free agent and should draw considerable interest from other teams as an end-of-roster or G League consideration.
Evans scored four points (2-2 FG) and dished out an assist in six minutes during Tuesday's preseason loss to Denver.
Evans played in 48 games for the Clippers his rookie year, averaging 4.8 points, 2.1 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 16.2 minutes per game. The Clippers added Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with the 11th pick in the draft over the summer, pushing Evans further down the rotation. With both Milos Teodosic and Patrick Beverley seeming healthy entering the season, it looks as if Evans may not have a large enough role to generate worthwhile fantasy value. That said, because of the injury histories of some of the guards ahead of him, he could be a potential waiver-wire addition later in the season in deeper formats.
Evans (knee) returned to action for Wednesday's 89-74 summer league win over the Wizards, but went scoreless (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt) with four rebounds.
Evans saw only 10 minutes of action off the bench and wasn't able to get anything going in his first game back from a knee injury. He also turned the ball over three times, which certainly didn't help his case for more minutes in the contest. The Clippers move on with the win and are set to take on the Lakers in the second round of the summer league playoffs, so Evans will be looking for a bounce-back performance.
Evans will not play in Monday's summer league contest against the Rockets due to a sore left knee, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Evans is coming off a solid outing against the Kings on Sunday night, registering 10 points (2-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 20 minutes of action off the bench. His decision to sit out seems to be more of precautionary measure and while he may miss a handful of summer league contests, the injury isn't likely to be a long-term issue.
Evans generated 10 points (2-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five rebounds, two assists and two steals across 20 minutes during the Clippers 88-78 win over the Kings in a Las Vegas Summer League contest Sunday.
It was a solid all-around effort for the second-year guard, who's now averaging 8.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.0 steal across 16.0 minutes in his first two games in Vegas. Evans enjoyed a solid rotation role during his rookie campaign, ultimately averaging 16.2 minutes across 48 games. Now healthy from the sports hernia surgery that prematurely ended his rookie campaign, the OSU product will look to lay a solid foundation for a successful sophomore season during his remaining games of summer league play.
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