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Oh, you want a bench scorer for the playoffs? DO I HAVE A DEAL FOR YOU!!!

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It’s Woj Bomb season!

The NBA has entered Trade Deadline eve, and rumors are flying left and right. Lou Williams extensions! Marcus Smart on the market! Lions and tigers and bears, all possibly costing a 1st round pick! Oh my!

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, with honorable mentions to the likes of Shams Charania of Yahoo and others, have their Twitter accounts being watched like hawks this time of year. Fans and teams alike look for any and all information regarding what exactly their team may do at the deadline. In the past, the Memphis Grizzlies have been buyers, and have also done their business before the deadline approached.

This time around, it is reversed. Memphis is selling, and will be doing so with only a little time to spare. Tyreke Evans is the prized piece the Grizzlies are floating in trade talks, and there is interest, according to Woj.

Four suitors for the services of the talented Tyreke. Memphis has to move him, as he is a resource that the Grizzlies will not be able to afford five months from now. But what should Memphis expect in return?

Let’s take a look at assets from each team, and what the Grizzlies need to make a deal.

Philadelphia 76ers

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Philly is interested in making a playoff push after years of The Process. Tyreke Evans would be a terrific sixth man scorer for the Sixers, and they also have plenty of resources at their disposal. Like other teams, though, they are hesitant to part with a first round pick for a rental. Memphis should understand the value of first rounders all too well at this stage.

THE DREAM: Tyreke Evans and the Grizzlies 2nd Round Pick for Dario Saric

Philly has Trevor Booker and Amir Johnson on board for the rest of the season and could address the power forward position in the draft or free agency. Here they get Evans and a solid 2nd round pick for Saric, who would be a great return for Tyreke.

This isn’t going to happen.

THE WORST CASE: Tyreke Evans for 2018 2nd round pick from Brooklyn, 2019 2nd round pick from Sacramento or Milwaukee (probably Sacramento)

We all want a 1st round pick for Tyreke. It’s possible that won’t happen though. Here, at least the Grizzlies get two 2nd round picks that figure to be in the top 31-40 of the draft the next two years. Memphis has had success in the 2nd round of late, with Deyonta Davis, Dillon Brooks, and Andrew Harrison all looking like possible OK to good NBA rotation players down the road.

This is far more likely than the dream.

THE GOAL: Tyreke Evans and the Grizzlies 2018 2nd round pick for Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Philadelphia’s 2019 1st round pick, lottery protected

Philly keeps the valuable Lakers pick and gains another 2nd rounder while protecting themselves if some disaster happens next season. Memphis gets a young wing as well as a 1st round pick in a year where it is likely they won’t have one. If TLC is too steep for the Sixers, you’re willing to take Furkan Korkmaz or Justin Anderson as well. The goal is the first round pick. The young player is icing on the cake.

Boston Celtics

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Ah yes, our old friend. The team who gave us Jeff Green and other players up and down recent memory. Despite Boston getting the better of Memphis in that Jeff Green deal, the Celtics are similar to Philly in that they have both draft picks and young players that Memphis could fit in to a Tyreke deal. Considering the injury issues with Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart in recent weeks, Evans would make a lot of sense here.

THE DREAM: Tyreke Evans and the 2018 2nd Round Pick of the Grizzlies for Marcus Smart and the 2019 1st of the Grizzlies

Swoon.

Wrongs are righted. A Grit and Grind 2.0 player arrives who can facilitate offense and defend his tail off. Boston gets a stud scorer to push the Celtics beyond the first round.

No way this occurs. Saric is more likely than this.

THE WORST CASE: Tyreke Evans for 2020 2nd round pick and Semi Ojeyele

Yuck.

You get a young wing in Ojeyele, and a future draft pick, but by no means is this ideal. It feels like minimal return for a player averaging almost 20 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds per game. Danny Ainge has probably offered something like this.

Hopefully Chris Wallace hung up quickly.

THE GOAL: Tyreke Evans for Semi Ojeyele and Boston’s 2019 1st round pick, top-10 protected

Ojeyele could be a long-term James Ennis III replacement, so he’s not what made the previous deal worst-case scenario. What made it less than ideal was the 2nd round pick. Here, again, Memphis gets a 1st round pick in a draft where they probably won’t have one. The Grizzlies and Boston essentially trade 1st rounders, with the Celtics probably getting the more favorable of the two selections. For a team with firsts from Memphis, the Clippers (lottery protected), and either Sacramento or Philadelphia depending on the Lakers’ lottery results in a few months, that isn’t a bad turnaround.

LeBron and the Cavaliers are vulnerable. It’s time for the Celtics to make a push. Evans does just that for Boston.

Denver Nuggets

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Denver is a bit of a surprise, but much like Philly the Nuggets are excited to be in playoff position and would like to make a bit of a run. Like both the 76ers and the Celtics, Denver has a lot of young players Memphis may want in a deal.

THE DREAM: Tyreke Evans and the Grizzlies 2018 2nd round pick for Will Barton and Denver’s 2018 1st round pick, lottery protected

SHOOT YOUR SHOT, AM I RIGHT?

A 1st round pick AND a former Memphis Tiger, a younger one at that, in this all-Memphis dream. Barton will probably be cheaper than Evans to re-sign, and maybe could even fit in the Mid-Level Exception with a longer-term deal. But even if he couldn’t, the difference between Evans and Barton is because of the nature of the current Barton contract the Grizzlies would have his Bird Rights. They could bring Barton back, even though they’re over the cap.

Since they have expiring deals in Brandan Wright, Mario Chalmers, and James Ennis III, the Grizzlies could, in theory sign Barton to a $10-$12 million per year deal for three years and not go over the tax. That, plus the two picks in this draft, would replace what was lost and enable Memphis to reload for 2018.

Denver probably doesn’t do this, by the way. But it is fun to dream.

THE WORST CASE: Tyreke Evans for 2018 2nd Round Pick from Portland or Sacramento (less favorable) and Tyler Lydon

Not Juan Hernangomez, or a future first. Gross. Pass.

THE GOAL: Tyreke Evans for Malik Beasley and Denver’s 2019 1st round pick, protected 1-8 in 2019, lottery protected in 2020, unprotected in 2021.

If you like Hernangomez better, sub him in here. Same idea applies. Young player under team control through a rookie contract, future 1st round pick. This would be a solid long-term play.

Miami Heat

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The biggest surprise on Woj’s list. Miami has no picks to trade really, so they are limited in terms of what they can actually send out. There are a couple young players that would be worth the time of the Grizzlies, though.

THE DREAM: Tyreke Evans, James Ennis III, and the 2018 2nd round pick of the Grizzlies for Justise Winslow and Bam Adebayo

In exchange for two expiring contracts and a 2nd round pick Memphis gets two former lottery picks. Winslow has underachieved so far, at least perhaps in the eyes of some, but he is still young (21) and is a versatile wing who can play a variety of positions. Adebayo makes Jarell Martin expendable for the trade equivalent of a ham sandwich in the off-season. The Heat get two players who make them better in the here and now and a wing in Ennis who could be a stretch four type.

Adebayo probably is untouchable. Again, it’s nice to dream.

THE WORST CASE: Tyreke Evans for Tyler Johnson

That contract...yuck. Thankfully Memphis figures to not take on that much extra money with their ownership still in question. This is less likely than the dream here, which is nice.

THE GOAL: Tyreke Evans for Justise Winslow

Easy. Straight up. Memphis gets a talented wing who perhaps needs a fresh start, and Winslow’s game seems like it would fit in Memphis with his desire and ability to defend. He is also shooting 40% from three, a career best to this point, so he is showing the capacity to improve. Miami gets the better player in the here and now as they try to take advantage of a more-open-than-ever Eastern Conference, and Memphis gets the better long-term prospect. Miami also would potentially be able to keep Evans with the MLE if Tyreke’s options run dry. Tyreke wants to get paid, but if it came down to the MLE from Miami or Memphis, where would he probably pick?

Miami. It stands to reason the Heat have a better shot at retaining his services long-term than the Grizzlies do.


So, playoff contenders, you want Tyreke. Picks and young prospects are the price. Hopefully Chris Wallace and the rest of the Grizzlies front office got some rest the last few weeks, as the next 24 or so hours figure to be busy ones in Memphis.

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