Grizzlies to wait for best possible offer for Tyreke Evans if they don’t get first round pick
The Memphis Grizzlies are still listening to offers for swingman Tyreke Evans, but it sounds like they’d only be willing to part with him for a first-round pick in return, according to a report from Keith Smith of RealGM and FanRag Sports.
Sounds like the first team to offer a real first round pick (IE: without crazy protections), will land Tyreke Evans. Grizzlies will hold out until the deadline and then take the best deal if they don't get a first.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) February 7, 2018
Evans, now 28 years of age, is a great wing player. The former fourth overall pick in the 2009 Draft has played in 46 games this season, averaging 19.5 points on 45.8 percent shooting from the field (39.2 percent from beyond the arc), 5.0 assists, and 5.0 rebounds per game.
After an underwhelming season split between the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings last year, he’s had a resurgence this season in Memphis mainly due to the team losing lead guard Mike Conley early.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier this week that there have been several teams interested in acquiring Evans from the Grizzlies, including the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers, and Miami Heat. Which of these teams (if any) will land Evans remains to be seen.
Three frontrunners (Boston, Denver and Philadelphia) and a fourth team (Miami) staying engaged on Memphis' Tyreke Evans, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 2018
The Celtics have Draft picks at their disposal to offer the Grizzlies for Evans, but it seems as though they won’t be letting them go easily. The Sixers are a likely candidate, but who (or what) might they be willing to part with? As for the Heat, they too have a shot at landing Evans, and they could be willing to move on from Justice Winslow, according to most reports.
This season’s trade deadline is Thursday, Feb. 8. Let’s see if the Grizzlies, now the fourth-ranked team in the Southwest Division standings with an 18-35 overall record, will make a move.