After multiple lacklustre seasons, Tyreke Evans has managed to put things together with the Memphis Grizzlies, 7 years removed from his historical rookie season.
With the Grizz, Evans has turned into a force off of the bench, averaging his highest points per game total (19.4) since his rookie campaign, and on pretty good efficiency too.
That’s why, given the Grizzlies’ current situation, Evans has become one of the hottest trade targets this season.
Due to his comeback year, the lack of wins for Memphis — they currently sit at 12th in the West with a 17-31 record — and the news that starting point guard Mike Conley will be missing the rest of the season after undergoing surgery, Memphis has put out feelers to try and get something of value for Tyreke while his value is high, and they may have a customer already waiting in line.
Not confirmed. But don't be surprised if Tyreke Evans is moved to Boston
— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat) January 28, 2018
That’s right, the Eastern Conference leaders may be looking at a move for Evans, which is a scary prospect.
Tyreke is already a star off the bench for Memphis — in the contention for the Sixth Man of the Year award — and adding a player like that to Brad Stevens’ squad will only strengthen their second unit.
It also helps that the Celtics severely lack bench scoring this season as well.
The Memphis Grizzlies are trying to tank and are 2.5 games back from last place
The Boston Celtics have the 7th lowest scoring bench in the league
Enter: Tyreke Evans to the Boston Celtics for Yabusele and 2019 Celtics Pick pic.twitter.com/KlzpFtBSVa
— BSOLZ (@theBSOLZ) January 26, 2018
Adding a 19.4 PPG scorer and capable defender to their bench alongside Terry Rosier, Marcus Smart and Marcus Morris would do wonders for Boston when Kyrie, Tatum and Horford are on the bench, which could be especially useful to give the starters a few less minutes during the tail end of the season to keep them well rested for the playoffs.
Obviously, nothing is set in stone as of right now, but it’s looking increasingly likely that Evans could be suiting up in Green before the deadline.