The clock strikes 3 PM EST, and there were no deals agreed on for Tyreke Evans.
After months of his trade value increasing, somehow this front office could not get a return on him. There were rumors of trade talks with teams like Boston, Philadelphia, Denver, and Miami. Somehow none of them gave a deal good enough for Chris Wallace to accept.
Sources: Memphis still holding out for a first-round pick to move Tyreke Evans — and Boston, Denver and Philadelphia have resisted offers beyond either a young player or a second-rounder. First-rounders have never been gripped so tightly in the league— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
Grizz have had second-round pick offers for Tyreke Evans for weeks now. Have half an hour to decide whether they’ll take them.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) February 8, 2018
Memphis has kept guard Tyreke Evans, league sources tell ESPN.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 8, 2018
As we all know by this point, Tyreke Evans is on a cheap one year contract. This means he will have the option of leaving Memphis and going wherever he wants next year. All of this is exactly why he should have been traded to anyone for anything. If he leaves this off-season, the Grizzlies will have only hurt their draft pick with better play this season for zero assets in the future.
The Grizzlies do not have any advantage over other teams in the offers they can make in the offseason. The thoughts are that the team will offer him the mid-level exception at a little over $8 million a year. Will he accept this? Who knows. But that isn’t the point.
My thoughts and the thoughts of many others in the Twitterverse is that how do you not get anything for an expiring contract who, odds are, will not return. Chris Wallace and the front office should have accepted whatever was available in the last minutes before the deadline. It escapes me to why they would want Tyreke to come back which will worsen their draft pick this draft.
During the Celtics-Grizzlies talks, I'm told Boston offered two second-round picks and Guerschon Yabusele for Tyreke Evans. It doesn't appear they agreed to terms before the deadline. https://t.co/DOUhUB9WVW— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 8, 2018
This Boston deal makes sense! Why can you not pull the trigger!!! So many other rumors are coming to the surface for second rounders. Memphis stood strong wanting a first rounder or more. No deal.
Evans is still on his own expiring contract, so he will still want to play exceptionally well to get paid next offseason. This is a lose-lose for the Grizzlies. Tyreke plays better, Grizzlies win, and Tyreke’s value goes up higher than the Grizzlies can afford.
I guess we will see what happens next with this franchise. Tough day for Grizz Nation.