Tyreke Evans refused to comment on why he didn’t play Sunday night, in a 93-81 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
According to longtime NBA reporter Chris Sheridan, there’s a growing rift between Evans and Pelicans head coach Monty Williams.
Williams would only say that the DNP-CD was due to an “internal” issue, and the ever-frustrated Evans claims his role on the team has never been explained to him.
“He’s trying to figure me out still,” Evans said of his head coach before the game. “Most of the guys that came here are pretty much new [to the team] so he’s trying to fit everybody in and put me in the best position he can.”
“No, we never talked about (my role),” Evans said. “I haven’t talked to him about it. We talk here and there but I haven’t talked to him about what role is whose on the team.”
Asked if the communication with Williams has to improve, Evans said that it needed to improve. “It has to get better. We have to know our roles on the team.”
I’m extremely confused about this scenario.
Evans signed a four year $44 million deal with the Pelicans this summer after meeting with team officials on several occassions. Evans said he had no problem being a sixth man or playing either guard spot.
Now Evans says he and Monty Williams have never discussed his role.
Sloppy business from both parties.