The Memphis Grizzlies are interested in re-signing Tyreke Evans who will be free agent from July 1. Evans signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Grizzlies last summer.
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Memphis keeping him indicates they plan to try to keep him this summer. He was brought in by coach Dave Fizdale, but he was fired early in the season after a clash with Marc Gasol. While Evans has continued to score well, it’s not clear where his future may lay. “Summertime, I just have to weigh my options. I’ve been through free agency before, so I know what to expect now,” Evans said. “Definitely want to talk to my family and my brothers, my agent. Hopefully, we’ll make the right choice.”
At the end of the day, he was grateful that Fiz and the Grizzlies organization put him in position to resurrect his career. “I thank Memphis for the chance they gave me to bring my game back here. Whatever would have happened, happened. One of the reasons I came here, when I talked to Fizdale, was he said he was going to let me play my game. “Other than that, just glad to be here with my teammates again.”
Most of the league was shocked nothing happened, except for Tyreke Evans. “My friends were more shocked than me, sitting there and watching it go by,” Evans said. “I didn’t get traded, so…”
Mark Murphy: Lot of teams were interested in Tyreke Evans at deadline, including C’s. He’ll be considering many of those teams this summer – “A little bit – definitely want to talk to my family and my brothers, my agent. Hopefully we’ll make the right choice.”
Evans said he plans to discuss his upcoming free agency with his agent and family this summer. For now, he’s grateful the Grizzlies gave him an opportunity to showcase his talent. “I thank Memphis for the chance they gave me,” Evans said. “They gave me a chance to bring my game back here, so I mean, like I said, whatever would have happened, would have happened. For me being here, they did a lot for me, and I thank the organization for that.”
Jared Weiss: Tyreke Evans said his friends were more shocked than he was when he wasn’t traded at the deadline. This summer he’s planning to talk to his friends and family and agent to figure out his future.
The Grizzlies ultimately chose not to trade Tyreke Evans last week because they valued the advantage keeping him now would give them in trying to sign him again this summer more than they valued the meager return Evans was fetching on the trade market. This clear intent to try to bring Evans back means that the Grizzlies think Evans would return to Memphis for the mid-level exception (north of $8.5 million), the maximum the team can offer. That would mean Evans not only choosing Memphis over other comparable offers, but, presumably, not getting offers this summer for more (or at least not substantially more).
Even if the Grizzlies don’t go for the blockbuster involving center Marc Gasol — and they will pursue Gasol deals right through the February deadline — expect them to be busy as they continue to reconfigure the roster. They’ve gotten a big boost from the play of guard Tyreke Evans, who seems to have rediscovered his game in Memphis, and they have already received significant interest. He’d be an ideal bench scorer.
Geoff Calkins: Tyreke Evans has agreed to terms with the Grizzlies. He’s retuning to Memphis. Story to come.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Tyreke Evans has agreed to a one-year, $3.3M deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources tell ESPN.
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April 21, 2018 | 5:23 am EDT Update
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