The Memphis Grizzlies are open to trading Tyreke Evans, it appears, but you’d better be ready to offer a draft pick.
That’s the latest from ESPN, which reported the Grizzlies are making it clear they are rebuilding after plummeting to the bottom (or near-bottom) of the Western Conference.
Evans, 28, is in his first season with the Grizzlies and having a career season. The 6-foot-6 swingman is averaging 19.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 31 minutes a game.
He has been a bright spot in an otherwise lost season, with former coach David Fizdale getting canned early and standout point guard Mike Conley Jr. (Achilles) suffering yet another injury. Trade rumors have also swirled around center Marc Gasol.
ESPN seemed somewhat skeptical that the Grizzlies will receive a first-rounder for Evans, but the Grizzlies believe. If they are willing to take a pick in the 20s, teams such as Washington, San Antonio and Cleveland may throw themselves in the mix.
For now, though, Evans appears most likely to finish the season in Memphis. Unless, of course, the asking price is lowered — which can often be the case as the trade deadline (Feb. 8) gets closer.