Free agent guard/forward Tyreke Evans will meet with the Los Angeles Lakers today, only a day after meeting with the Oklahoma City Thunder in L.A., according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.
Evans had the best season of his career since his rookie season after being mired with several injuries throughout his nine-year career.
Evans put up 19.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game during his lone year with the Memphis Grizzlies, who sat him out a few games during the trade deadline after entertaining trade discussions, and later down the end of the season, as the team neared the chances to race for the worst record in the NBA.
The 6-foot-6 shifty wing wasn’t very pleased with management in a year which saw much demise to an organization that had developed the Grit-N-Grind culture, now no longer after the departure of Tony Allen, Vince Carter, and Zach Randolph over the course of the last offseason.
Evans’ 52 games played are not reflective of his health, as he was forced to sit out several games due to coaching decisions (read as front office management decisions) that while it helped the Grizzlies garner the No. 4 overall pick, hurt his chances to ramp up his stock.
The 28-year-old is also known to be a potential target of the Golden State Warriors, who could use a mid-level exception to bring him into the fold.
The Lakers have only signed players to one-year deals since LeBron James agreed to a four-year, $154 million deal, likely a sign that they plan to make a run for a big-time free agent in 2019.