Report: Grizzlies want to find first round draft pick for Tyreke Evans trade
The Memphis Grizzlies have quickly seen their season head south over the first few months falling to one of the worst marks in the league.
This has put them on the market to possibly be sellers in hopes of obtaining assets that could help the team further down the line. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Grizzlies are hoping to secure a first-round pick in exchange for veteran guard Tyreke Evans.
Memphis wants to find a first-round pick for Tyreke Evans, but that is likely to prove difficult. The Grizzlies have missed in several drafts on first-rounders, including the waiving of 2015 No. 17 pick Wade Baldwin, and need to replenish their stock of picks. As a rental on an expiring deal, it is hard to imagine Evans delivering that kind of a return.
With Mike Conley current out of the mix due to a nagging sore Achilles tendon, Evans has taken full advantage of the extended playing time his absence. The 28-year-old currently leads the team with 19.7 points per game on 47.8 percent shooting from the field and 41.6 percent from beyond the arc with 5.1 rebounds and 4.7 assists per contest.
In the 19 games as a starter, Evans is averaging 21.7 points on 45.9 percent shooting from the field and 41.8 percent from three-point range with 5.9 assists and 5.1 rebounds per contest. This includes becoming the first player in franchise history to have three straight games with at least 25 points, five rebounds, and five assists. He has also notched two of his three 30-point/10-assist career game this season in his first campaign with Memphis.
What could make him an even more intriguing option on the trade market is that he is signed to just a one-year, $3.3 million deal that makes him both an inexpensive addition for another team looking to add some scoring to the mix. If the Grizzlies continue to hedge south in the coming weeks, Evans could foreseeably be one of the players on the move ahead of the trade deadline.