Wizards news: Washington was willing to give up two second-rounders for Tyreke Evans, Grizzlies wanted more
The wild and wacky 2018 NBA trade deadline has come and gone, with plenty of players who were on the move across the league. However, one of those players who was expected to be traded did not get dealt after Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans stayed put. According to a tweet on Thursday afternoon from senior writer Zach Lowe of ESPN, the Washington Wizards apparently put an offer on the table for Evans that the Grizzlies turned down.
“Wizards were among the teams in on Tyreke Evans, per league sources. Likely would have parted w/ 2 2nd-rounders in the end, but Grizz made it clear (to WAS and others) they wanted more,” Lowe said.
Jason Martin of 929ESPN in Memphis tweeted out a perfect reaction to the news of Evans staying with the Grizzlies, citing incompetent team management not being able to move the guard.
“Grizzlies had 2+ weeks to get this thing done. Sent Tyreke Evans back to hotel and everything. Yet here we are, on deadline day, and he’s coming back like he never left. There are no words. Other than ‘mid-level exception,’ I guess,” Martin said.
This comes as quite of a surprise that Evans was not moved, but the Grizzlies apparently wanted at least a first-rounder in exchange for the guard. They reportedly also turned down deals for Evans from the Likes of the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat and the Denver Nuggets. As for the Nuggets, they offered point guard Emanual Mudiay and a second-round pick for Evans but the Grizzlies still would not bite.
n 46 games this year for the Grizzlies, Evans is currently averaging 19.5 points, 5.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds in 31.1 minutes per contest.