The Celtics could make a move to acquire Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans ahead of the Feb. 8, NBA trade deadline, according to reports out of Memphis
Not confirmed. But don't be surprised if Tyreke Evans is moved to Boston— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat) January 28, 2018
Evans is averaging 19.4 points (the most since his rookie season), 5 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 45 games (26 starts) for the 17-31 Grizzlies, while shooting 45.3 percent from the field (38.8 percent from behind the arc).
The Grizzlies have announced that Mike Conley will be out the rest of the season with a heel injury and it looks like the team could be heading into total rebuild mode, as they're 8.5 games out of the West playoff picture.
Evans, a nine-year veteran, was the 2009-10 Rookie of the Year while in Sacramento Kings, where he played for his first four seasons in the league, followed by three and half in New Orleans (briefly returned to the Kings at last season's trade deadline, as part of the DeMarcus Cousins deal).
The Grizzlies signed Evans on a one-year, bi-annual exception worth $3.29 million. The Celtics could use their $8.4 million disabled-player exception they received from the league after Gordon Hayward's leg injury in a trade for Evans.
Boston owns a future first round pick from Memphis, which will come either in 2019 (if it falls between 9-30), 2020 (if it falls between 7-30) or 2021 (unprotected), that could be included in a separate package if Danny Ainge didn't want to use the DPE just yet.
The Celtics may also want to make bench players like Abdel Nader or Guerschon Yabusele available for Evans' expiring contract, or even include their own 2018 first-round pick.
Of course, this is all speculation, but if the Grizzlies want to move Evans, the Celtics are most likely the team to make the best offer for their sixth-man.
Listen to the latest episode of the Causeway Street Podcast, as we discuss Evans and other possible trade and buyout options for the Celtics below:
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