A Grizzlies beat writer says that he wouldn’t be surprised if Tyreke Evans is moved to the Celtics. Bear in mind that Ronald Tillery of The Memphis Commercial Appeal says himself that the rumblings aren’t confirmed but it’s not the first time that Evans’ name has come up in trade speculation this season.
Evans has thrived for the Grizzlies this season after inking a one-year, prove it deal following an injury plagued tenure with the Pelicans. The 28-year-old has averaged 19.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 45 games for Memphis, making him one of the most appealing assets readily available to contenders ahead of the deadline.
It’s unclear what the Grizzlies could get back in exchange for the versatile wing but the Celtics are in possession of Memphis’ 2019 first-round pick.
There’s more from the Southwest Division:
- In an equally unconfirmed but intriguing tweet, Ronald Tillery of The Memphis Commercial Appeal notes that he’s heard the Grizzlies have approached Chandler Parsons‘ people about injury retirement. The 29-year-old forward quickly denied the notion and his agent issued a more formal rejection shortly thereafter.
- Injured center DeMarcus Cousins has expressed a desire to remain around the Pelicans as he works his way back from a torn Achilles, William Guillory of The New Orleans Times-Picayune writes. “I told him, ‘The first month, you’re going to want to pull your hair out,‘” teammate Anthony Davis said. “It’s tough, especially when you’re team is playing and you’re not able to do anything. That’s the toughest part. With me, I just tried to be around the team as much as possible to stay involved and feel like I’m still involved.“
- While this is 25-year-old rookie Maxi Kleber‘s first season alongside Mavs legend Dirk Nowitzki, he actually met the future Hall of Famer over ten years ago. Kleber spoke about Nowitzki’s influence in their native Germany in a recent radio interview (h/t The Dallas Morning News)