Sixers news: Philly interested in Grizzlies forward Tyreke Evans
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Report: Sixers interested in Grizzlies forward Tyreke Evans

Tyreke Evans

The Philadelphia 76ers have expressed trade interest in Memphis Grizzlies forward Tyreke Evans, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

Memphis continues to seek a first-round pick in an Evans deal and the Sixers have remained reluctant to surrender one — which has proven the major impediment on this deal.

Evans has been rumored to be a definite asset the Grizzlies are planning to move prior to this trade deadline, given how he is having the best season of his career since his rookie year with the Sacramento Kings.

The 6-foot-6 dynamo is averaging 19.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game — a line that could take any team to the next level.

According to Chris Herrington of The Commercial Appeal, the Grizzlies would be looking to package Evans along with Brandan Wright or Ben McLemore (preferably the latter) in exchange for taking back Jerry Bayless’ contract, who is owed $8.8 million this season.

While the Grizzlies could pony up a second-round pick, the Sixers already have three of them for this upcoming NBA Draft, making this exchange a bit more difficult.

Evans has made a major resurgence with this Grizzlies team after an injury-riddled career — one that seemed in peril with only 40 games played between two teams last season.

Yet he has proved to be a much more well-rounded player than when he came into the league, still possessing a bulldozing strength at a sturdy 6-foot-6, but adding consistency on his outside shot, making 2.1 treys per game at a 39.2 percent clip.