Maurice Evans (basketball)
Evans with the Wizards
November 8, 1978 |
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||Wichita Collegiate (Wichita, Kansas)|
|NBA draft||2001 / Undrafted|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|Number||1, 5, 6|
|2006–2007||Los Angeles Lakers|
Maurice Eugene Evans (born November 8, 1978) is a retired American professional basketball player. He most recently played for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has served as a vice president of the NBA Players Association.
Known for his strong defense and athleticism, Evans played collegiately at Wichita State University for two seasons, but philosophical differences with then-coach Randy Smithson caused him to transfer to the University of Texas at Austin. Evans hired Roger Montgomery as an agent. 
After not having been selected in the 2001 NBA Draft, he signed as a free agent for the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he played in only 10 games. In 2002, he moved to Greece to play for Olympiacos, and in the following, 2003-04 season he played for the Italian power Benetton Basket Treviso (winning the Italian Cup). In 2004, he made the roster for the NBA's Sacramento Kings, and became a rotation player. He started 11 of 65 games, and played 19 minutes per game on the season, contributing 6.4 points. In 2005, he was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Pistons, where he was reunited with his former coach and close friend Flip Saunders, and played a rotation role of 14 minutes per game, averaging 5.2 points per game.
On June 28, 2006, the Pistons traded Evans to the Los Angeles Lakers for the draft rights to Cheikh Samb, following Evans' request to be moved to a team where he would be given more playing time. He served as a bench player for the Lakers, largely as the back up to Kobe Bryant.
On November 20, 2007, he along with teammate Brian Cook were traded to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Trevor Ariza. He became the Magic's starting shooting guard, contributing to the team's 52-30 record and landing the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference for the 2008 Playoffs.
Evans agreed to terms on a 3-year contract from the Atlanta Hawks worth about $7.5 million on July 25, 2008. At the time, he was on the verge of signing a three-year deal with the Golden State Warriors. On February 23, 2011, he was traded to the Washington Wizards.
Evans has since retired.
NBA career statistics
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- Williams, Van (June 24, 2001). "Evans likes his position". The Wichita Eagle. Archived from the original on November 2, 2001.
- Magic Acquire Brian Cook and Maurice Evans From L.A. Lakers. Retrieved November 20, 2007
- Hawks fill Childress' void by signing Evans
- Wizards Acquire Bibby, Evans, Crawford and First Round Pick
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