Celtics in a trade for Tyreke Evans
Reports have released of Memphis that the Boston Celtics might be in the mix to secure Grizzlies combo guard Tyreke Evans.
Evans is averaging 19.4 points, 5.0 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game in his very first season with the Grizzlies. He’s firing 45.3 percent overall and 38.8 percent from behind the arc on 5.4 three-point attempts per game.
Evans has begun 26 of the 45 games he has played for Memphis, almost all of them instead of injured point guard Mike Conley. The Grizzlies recently reported that Conley is out for the remainder of the season as a result of an injured heel, which will require surgery.
Evans was the 2009-10 Rookie of the Year while playing for the Sacramento Kings. Ever since Evans has fought through numerous injuries while with the Kings, Pelicans and the Kings a second time. He’s been healthy and balanced for this entire season and is playing some of the best basketball of his career.
With Memphis currently positioning at 17-31 and 8.5 games away from the playoffs, some have suggested the Grizzlies will begin making trades to set them for a rebuild.
Evans was contracted by Memphis using the Bi-Annual exception and has a one year contract worth $3.29 million. Boston could get Evans using the Disabled Player Exception the received for Gordon Hayward, as he easily fits within the $8.4 million DPE.
The problem is what it would cost the Celtics to buy Evans in trade. They could send the Grizzlies either a younger player or a pick. 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).
It is extremely unlikely the Celtics would offer Memphis that pick back for a player on an expiring contract. As an alternative, they could exchange a young player like Abdel Nader or Guerschon Yabusele, who isn’t involved in the rotation and unlikely to be anytime soon. Or perhaps the Celtics could trade their own 2018 first round pick. Boston could even protect that pick and eventually turn it into two second round picks if it doesn’t convey as a first rounder. Such deals are quite common for players of Evans’ caliber, who are also on expiring contracts.
If the Celtics want Evans, and the Grizzlies are indeed moving in a different direction, Boston should be able to craft a deal that would beat other offers.