Report: Celtics, Nuggets, Sixers, Heat frontrunners for Grizzlies’ Tyreke Evans
The Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat are considered the frontrunner for guard/forward Tyreke Evans with two days left before the Feb. 8 trade deadline, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Heat are recent bidders for his services, while the other three teams have started conversations throughout the last week for the Memphis Grizzlies jack-of-all-trades.
Evans is averaging 19.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists this season, the best collective average since his rookie season with the Sacramento Kings.
The Celtics have reportedly hoped to get an extra first-round pick for Marcus Smart in hopes to later flip it for Lou Williams or Evans — though it might be too tall a task to pull off with only two days remaining before Thursday’s deadline.
The Nuggets have been looking for a key player to take some of the scoring burden away from Will Barton and Evans fits that description to a tee, able to play positions from point guard to small forward, thanks to a robust 6-foot-6 frame.
The Sixers will try to boost their team up from the eighth seed, as the resurgent Detroit Pistons have now won four straight and are a tiebreaker away from climbing into the playoff picture. With the likes of Robert Covington and Dario Saric on the decline, the team could use the Chester, Pennsylvania native in its roster.
Miami is the latest bidder for his services, after falling to the seventh spot in the East in a tight race. With plenty of picks and young assets, they also propose a good bargain if the deal is right.