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Rumor: Celtics more likely to pursue Tyreke Evans over Lou Williams

Lou Williams, Brad Stevens, Tyreke Evans

The Boston Celtics already have a formidable lineup, and proof of it is the amount of success they’re having this season and that they are currently on top of the Eastern Conference. That may be the case now, but that does not mean they can’t trade for other key pieces to make them an even more difficult team to beat come playoff time.

They have been rumored to be making a move for L.A. Clippers guard Lou Williams, however, they are more likely going to pursue Tyreke Evans instead, according to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe.

“Boston’s most pressing need is a bench scorer. The two most obvious and available candidates are Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans and Clippers guard Lou Williams, both of whom are on expiring deals. Multiple reports have suggested that Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has been enamored with Evans since the 28-year-old was a draft prospect. But league sources said that idea has been overblown. Still, sources said, for the right price the Celtics would be interested in acquiring Evans, who is averaging 19.5 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game.”

The Memphis Grizzlies combo guard is having one of his best seasons in the NBA this year. He has not played this well since his rookie year, and his potential addition to the C’s will give them more offense off the bench with Evans serving as the focal point of the second unit. With his current team headed to the lottery, it makes sense for them that they exchange him for draft picks and young assets they can use in the coming years, especially with him slated to become a free agent by the summer.

Just last week, the Celtics signed Greg Monroe to back up Al Horford and if they’ll be successful in acquiring Evans, they will have a very deep bench that could continue what their starters will do during games. It will also increase their chances of winning the Eastern Conference and compete for the championship, which makes the potential deal even more interesting to see if it materializes for them.