Geoff Calkins of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, along with Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and other media outlets, are reporting that the Memphis Grizzlies have reached a contract agreement. The deal is for one year, $3.3 million.
Tyreke Evans has agreed to terms with the Grizzlies. He's retuning to Memphis. Story to come.— Geoff Calkins (@geoff_calkins) July 7, 2017
Free agent Tyreke Evans has agreed to a one-year, $3.3M deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 7, 2017
The Memphis Grizzlies fan base needed a pick-me-up after the polarizing Ben McLemore signing and the departures of Zach Randolph and Vince Carter for Sacramento. This is that much needed boost heading in to Summer League play this weekend. Evans is betting on himself, knowing that he will get great opportunity in Memphis to show his value. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies get a facilitator and offensively explosive talent who can create off the dribble and play essentially every perimeter position. Health is clearly a concern, explaining this contract for him, but if he can stay on the court, he’s either a good starter or very good sixth man for this Grizzlies team.
The addition of Evans leads to a bit of a roster crunch. Assuming Memphis signs both draft picks (Ivan Rabb and Dillon Brooks), Tony Allen does not return, and JaMychal Green does, Memphis has 17 players on the roster and only one more two-way contract available. That means someone likely has to go...this Summer League could very well be an audition for players like Jarell Martin to stay on this roster.
For now, though, rejoice, Grizzlies fans. At this money, this is a terrific gamble for Memphis to take. Welcome home, Tyreke.