A somewhat interesting post in the Commercial Appeal yesterday about the situation in Sacramento between the Kings and guard Tyreke Evans.
The premise of the piece, by Gary Robinson, states that with the Tyreke Evans experiment seemingly not working in Sacramento, there's a chance he won't receive a contract extension from the team next season. With that, seeing as Evans has some roots in Memphis (he attended the University of Memphis), there's a chance the Grizzlies could approach him and offer up a "reasonable" contract to have him play backup point guard to Mike Conley.
Now, the idea is a fantastic one, especially when you're already placing Evans in the low-cost, high-reward category, but I really see zero chance of this happening. For about a million reasons. But let's just stick to three reasons for now, shall we?
First, while Evans may not be the "next Dwyane Wade," as he was once referred to, I do not think he's also ready to be the next backup point guard to Mike Conley. He's a highly skilled player, who may or may not fit into his current team's future plans, but that doesn't mean it's time for him to start backing up Conley. I just don't see it happening.
Second, the Grizzlies are likely going to have the mid-level to work with and, well, that's not going to happen. I know that wallets are supposed to start getting tighter once the new CBA's tax penalty kicks in, but Evans is worth more than a mid-level. Even with a hometown-ish discount.
Finally, the offers that the Kings will get for Evans, from teams willing to make him a starter, will trump anything the Grizzlies can pass along -- in the trade market, of course. How about this one from Brad Doolittle over at ESPN:
Done and done. That's the general feel of what Evans' true value is. Giving up a franchise center in return for his services. And, no, you can't have Marc Gasol.
So, while I do appreciate the thought, and while I would love to have him at a discounted price, not backing up Conley but starting at the off-guard position, I don't think it's going to happen.