Celtics, Nuggets, Sixers only offering either young player or second rounder for Tyreke Evans
We are in the last stretches of the trade talks and it’s all heating up. The Memphis Grizzlies’ decision on its sought-after swingman, Tyreke Evans, is among the most anticipated for the day.
Here’s ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski’s update on the negotiations:
Sources: Memphis still holding out for a first-round pick to move Tyreke Evans — and Boston, Denver and Philadelphia have resisted offers beyond either a young player or a second-rounder. First-rounders have never been gripped so tightly in the league
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
It’s understandable that the Grizzlies are asking for a first-round pick. They are in need valuable draft picks, as they are headed for a rebuilding phase with Marc Gasol now 33 years old and Mike Conley currently nursing a heel injury.
Also, Evans is a versatile player that provides scoring and facilitating, and such a price is standard in certain situations. The nine-year veteran is also having one of his best seasons in a while, averaging team-leading stats of 19.5 points and 5.0 assists per game.
Then again, the aforementioned teams’ concerns have weight as well. Jay King of Mass Live had a simple explanation:
“Evans’ contract, which expires at the end of this season, is helping to drive down his value. Because it’s just a one-year deal, whichever team acquires him will not own his Bird Rights and will not be able to exceed the salary cap to re-sign him this summer. Due to the circumstances, Evans will likely be a short-term rental if he ends up on a team like Boston that shouldn’t have cap space this summer. And, it seems, teams are wary of offering too much for a guy they will only have for a few months.”
The lift that Evans could bring to any of the interested teams is not in doubt; he can and will help with the grind for a playoff push. The question is the uncertainty he’ll more than likely bring come free agency.