With the calendar turning to February and the NFL’s Super Bowl in the books, all eyes are now on the NBA’s trading deadline. With just over 48 hours remaining, the hot stove is starting to heat up. One player that has been the topic of many trade discussions is Memphis forward, Tyreke Evans. The Grizzlies announced last week that they will sit Evans until the deadline has passed with hopes of trading him.
Now, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, four teams are keeping an eye on the talented forward. Three teams are in the favorites according to Wojnarowski. The Celtics, Nuggets, and 76ers have all been tied to Evans in recent weeks. The Heat remains a sleeper candidate.
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
Evans, in his 10th season, is averaging 19.5 points and five assists per game in just over 31 minutes a game. His .458 field goal percentage is his third highest of his career. For his career, Evans shoots 45 percent from the field and averages 16.4 points and 5.1 assists a game. The Grizzlies are rumored to be seeking a first-round pick in any trade talks for Evans. The 28-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season.
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The Celtics seem to be the most aggressive in their pursuit of Evans. The Celtics offense has dipped over the last month and having Evans off the bench would be a huge upgrade for the East’s best team. Although reluctant at the moment, the Celtics may be willing to move a first-round pick to facilitate the deal. According to Marc Stein, the Celtics are looking to acquire an extra first-round pick for Marcus Smart and then would look to flip that to Memphis. Smart, currently out with a hand injury, has become a bit more expendable with the emergence of Terry Rozier in Kyrie Irving’s absence.
The pursuit of Evans and the Clippers’ Lou Williams have caused the Celtics to hold off on officially signing Greg Monroe who was waived by the Suns last week. The reason for this is likely to keep a bit of flexibility around the deadline in order to complete one of these deals. Stay tuned.