Grizzlies make a trade, but it's not with Tyreke Evans

Frederick Owens
February 10, 2018

The Denver Nuggets attempted to trade for Tyreke Evans with the Memphis Grizzlies at the deadline and presented two offers. Whether the Grizzlies wanted to stick to their guns on their demands or not is irrelevant now that nobody has acquiesced to those demands and they're stuck with Evans for the remainder of the year.

"Multiple reports suggest Memphis is looking for a first-round pick in exchange for the talented guard, and so far the Sixers, Celtics and Nuggets have balked at the prospect of giving away that much".

Evans, the fourth overall pick in 2009, is averaging 19.5 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds in 31.1 minutes per game this season.

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Evans has shared desire to stay in Memphis, but at least seven teams showed interest him at the deadline, and a bidding war could be looming. The race to the bottom is very tight among more than a half dozen teams and the extra value Evans brings isn't just useless for Memphis, it's actively harmful for where they need to be this year. Memphis is unlikely to re-sign Evans this summer, given their salary situation and current organizational trajectory. The Grizzlies appear very intent on holding out for a first-round pick in exchange for Evans.

The Grizzlies simply settled with mediocrity for the rest of the season. The Grizzlies reportedly hope to use a mid-level exception to bring Evans back, which would cost them $8.5 million.

The Grizzlies do not have any advantage over other teams in the offers they can make in the offseason. It escapes me to why they would want Tyreke to come back, which will worsen their draft pick this draft.

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