Tyreke Evans is at the top of the list of players likely to be traded before the Feb. 8 deadline.
The reason is simple: He’s played very well and raised his value to the point the Grizzlies will not be able to re-sign him this summer. The former Rookie of the Year signed with Memphis on a minimum contract because there was so little interest in his services last season, and he has evolved into a player who will garner Most Improved Player and Sixth Man of the Year votes. Evans is averaging 19.5 points per game, is shooting 39.2 percent from three, and could be plugged in on just about any team to get buckets.
Philadelphia is interested as they make a playoff push, but the price — a first-round pick — may be too steep, reports Marc Stein of the New York Times.
In the next week, one of two things will happen. Either a team will come up with the first-round pick the Grizzlies are demanding, or at the last minute the Grizzlies will lower their asking price.
Either way, it seems unlikely that the Sixers are the ultimate destination. Boston is a team I have heard is in the mix, the Thunder and Cavaliers also are both reportedly interested.
Evans will get traded somewhere at the deadline, the only questions are where and for what?