Grizzlies news: Memphis GM Chris Wallace feels good about the addition of Tyreke Evans
The Memphis Grizzlies decided this summer that they will start bringing in younger talent to their roster and allowed two of their veterans, Zach Randolph and Vince Carter, to walk away in free agency. One of the players they were able to sign is former Rookie of the Year winner Tyreke Evans, who will look to resurrect his career with the team.
Grizzlies general manager, Chris Wallace, recently talked about what the 27-year-old Memphis product can bring to their table, during a press conference, via Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal.
“Tyreke is one of the most aggressive and potent perimeter players in the league,” Wallace said. “He can play both backcourt spots as well as small forward, and his shooting has improved significantly since he was starting with the Memphis Tigers in FedExForum.”
Evans was the fourth overall pick back in the 2009 draft by the Sacramento Kings. After spending the last four seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans, he was shipped back to Sacramento last February as part of the DeMarcus Cousins trade. He is coming off two shortened campaigns as he suffered a pair of knee injuries, and has yet to show signs that he can return to his old form.
Now with the Grizzlies, Tyreke Evans will have chance to play a major role in their lineup, and could even compete for the starting shooting guard position. Should he be able to show glimpses of his all-around game from the earlier days of his NBA career, he could turn out to be a huge signing for his new team, and could help them continue their streak of playoff appearances. More importantly for him, it will give him the opportunity to secure a lucrative contract next summer if he plays solid basketball.