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…”
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Michael Wallace: Tyreke Evans, back at Grizzlies practice today after week-long absence as trade deadline expired: “I always wanted to stay here. It’s not like I asked for a trade or anything. It didn’t happen, so I’m here.”
According to league sources, the Celtics were hoping to land scoring help for their bench, but Tyreke Evans wound up staying with Memphis, and Lou Williams was pulled off the market and signed to a three-year contract extension.
“There were some things that we would have been tempted by for the right deals, but the right deals didn’t appear,” said Ainge. “And, by the way, some of those deals that we were trying to get, those deals didn’t happen for any teams that were looking for the similar players.”
The Boston Celtics were unable to come to an agreement on a trade to acquire Tyreke Evans at the NBA trade deadline Thursday. Boston made several offers involving a pair of second-round picks, according to two people with knowledge of the trade talks. The sources requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak on the record.
Memphis had preferred either Marcus Smart in exchange for Tyreke Evans and a second-rounder, or a first-round pick in exchange for Evans, but Boston was not willing to meet that price. Boston explored a three-way framework with the Denver Nuggets and Memphis as well, but did not make significant progress. Memphis scoured the league for a first-round pick in exchange for Evans, but found no takers as the deadline came to a close.
Alex Kennedy: 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.
Adrian Wojnarowski: One team that could play immense part in dictating final hours of trade deadline: Denver. They’re active on several fronts, including trying to acquire Tyreke Evans, move Emmanuel Mudiay and Wilson Chandler, and use pick to incentivize a team to take on Kenneth Faried’s contract.
Adrian Wojnarowski: 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
Shams Charania: Louis Williams was very high on [the 76ers] board. They were really looking into seeing what is his market, not only right now but into the summer, once he reaches free agency. Obviously, he reached an agreement on a three-year extension with the Clippers. But I think [Philadelphia will] be looking at the Marco Belinelli’s, the Tyreke Evans’, a shooter or playmaker. I think that’s the one move they can make potentially to move up in the East.
The Celtics, are, however, still on the periphery of the Tyreke Evans talk, but it was looking Wednesday as if Memphis has better offers. According to one third-party general manager who has been involved in the process, teams like the Celts look to be lying in wait in case more active talks stall.
Michael Wallace: Tyreke Evans officially remains NWT (not with team) as Grizzlies face Jazz at home tonight on the eve of the trading deadline. Bickerstaff continues to heap nothing but praise on Tyreke for way he’s handled the difficult wait.
The Grizzlies are widely expected to find a home for Evans, as evidenced by the fact that they sidelined him on Wednesday as a way of protecting their asset. While Philadelphia, Boston, and Denver are known to be interested, there are – according to a person with knowledge of the situation – seven teams in the running in all.
So while sources confirmed again that the Celts still have interest in Memphis’ Tyreke Evans and the Clippers’ Lou Williams, both of whom are in the last year of their contracts, it’s doubtful that Ainge would do anything amounting to either being the only real return in a deal for Smart. There would have to be more.
Tyreke Evans has been shut down in anticipation of a trade, and there is an expectation that if Memphis can’t procure a first-round pick for Evans — difficult given Evans’ contract status — it will take the best offer on the table for Evans.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Three frontrunners (Boston, Denver and Philadelphia) and a fourth team (Miami) staying engaged on Memphis’ Tyreke Evans, league sources tell ESPN.
Vincent Goodwill: Philadelphia, a team looking to solidify a playoff spot in the East, is showing interest in Tyreke Evans, according to sources
Even with the planned signing of Greg Monroe today, the Celtics are still in business until next Thursday’s NBA trade deadline and beyond. According to two Western Conference sources, the Celts are still in pursuit of Lou Williams and Tyreke Evans. They have had discussions regarding others, but those two appear to be the main targets as the C’s look to add scoring off the bench.
The key in each of these cases is how much will be required to make a deal. The Celts are said to be willing to part with assets, but Ainge seems to be again holding the line on what he believes is proper value. The strategy has frustrated other clubs and a percentage of the fan base, but it doesn’t appear to be changing. Memphis has been asking for a first-round pick for Evans, but the Celtics haven’t yet been willing to go there. Denver has reportedly offered Emmanuel Mudiay and a second-round pick, and while the C’s could propose something similar, the second -round pick (or picks) they could send would not be very high.
Also, sources say the Celts are being careful with their pursuit of wings. As much as they might be able to gain some level of help at the position, they have told people they do not want to do something that would too greatly impede the progress of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, who, they believe, will be even better by the postseason because of the minutes they have been getting all year.
Meanwhile, the Grizzlies are in the midst of their own major adjustment in anticipation of a trade being finalized in the coming days. Evans left the team at the request of general manager Chris Wallace moments before the start of Wednesday’s 105-101 loss in Indiana as trade discussions with multiple teams intensified. Tyreke Evans, who did not travel with the Grizzlies to Detroit for Thursday’s game, told Grind City Media he spoke with Wallace and was under the impression he would be heading to a team in playoff contention. “I really don’t know how it’s going to turn out, but I’ve heard there’s a lot of interest out there for me, and that’s a good thing,” Evans said as he exited Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indiana on Wednesday night. “The season hasn’t gone that great, the way we wanted, but I’ve been happy in Memphis and with what I was able to do to help this team.”
That level of production made Tyreke Evans arguably the best bargain signing of the free-agency period last summer when the Grizzlies snagged him on a one-year, $3.3 million deal. But Evans’ production on that contract also makes one of the top trade targets ahead of the deadline for teams in need of a perimeter playmaker and scorer to bolster depth and add punch for a playoff run. The Grizzlies are believed to be seeking a first-round pick in any potential deal for Evans, who will again enter free agency this summer. “This is part of the business,” Evans told Grind City Media. “You understand that as a player, and you just continue to do the best you can do and wait for everything else to play out. I talked to Chris (Wallace) and he told me what the situation was, and that he was happy with everything I was able to come here and try to do. All I know is that if I have to move on, I’m going to end up on a team that’s going to the playoffs and I’ll have a chance to contribute, hopefully the way I have here.”
Tyreke Evans said his personal goal this season was to prove he was finally healthy and could be a force again after enduring three knee surgeries over a span of 10 months during stints with the Pelicans and Kings before he hit free agency last summer. “That’s all I wanted to do, was come and show I’m back to being Tyreke Evans that came into the league, back to being me,” Evans said. “I knew that if I was healthy, I would be able to play really well and show what I can do again. Here, they gave me the opportunity to put myself back in this position. I’m thankful for the Grizzlies and the city. The rest is just part of the business and you make the best of it if you can.”
“I really don’t know how it’s going to turn out, but I’ve heard there’s a lot of interest out there for me, and that’s a good thing,” Evans said as he exited Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indiana on Wednesday night. “The season hasn’t gone that great, the way we wanted, but I’ve been happy in Memphis and with what I was able to do to help this team.”
“This is part of the business,” Evans told Grind City Media. “You understand that as a player, and you just continue to do the best you can do and wait for everything else to play out. I talked to Chris (Wallace) and he told me what the situation was, and that he was happy with everything I was able to come here and try to do. All I know is that if I have to move on, I’m going to end up on a team that’s going to the playoffs and I’ll have a chance to contribute, hopefully the way I have here.”
Steve Bulpett: Keep hearing that Memphis is trying to hold out for a first round pick for Tyreke Evans, but Celtics apparently unwilling to fork one over… It’ll be interesting to see if anyone does. Also wonder how Celts weigh offensive gain of Evans vs defensive questions.
Chris Mannix: A question I’m hearing teams kicking around the idea of acquiring Tyreke Evans are asking: Is his shooting for real? Evans, 28, is enjoying his best–and most prolific–three-point shooting season.
A. Sherrod Blakely: As far as who the #Grizzlies might want in exchange for Tyreke Evans, don’t be surprised if you hear Terry Rozier’s name come up. He’s young, on the rise and could step in to start just in case Mike Conley’s season-ending heel surgery keeps him out to start the season.
As trade discussions involving Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans intensify, the organization plans to sit him out until a deal is completed, league sources tell ESPN. The Grizzlies are shopping Evans to try and bring back a first-round draft pick, league sources said, and discussions with several playoff-contending teams have intensified in the past 24 hours.
Michael Wallace: Tyreke Evans was in good spirits in the closing stages of pregame locker room open to media. He and Marc Gasol had a pleasant and supportive talk about the next steps. Tyreke also shared hugs and laughs with other teammates as he prepared to leave the arena.
Bobby Marks: Teams (half the league) close to the luxury tax next season are weary about the cost to rent Tyreke Evans. Teams will be limited to the $5.4M tax Midlevel in 2018 and Evans could cost close to $8M. Evans does not have early or bird rights.
Adrian Wojnarowski: As trade discussions involving Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans intensify, front office plans to sit him out until a deal is completed, league sources tell ESPN. He’ll start sitting vs. Pacers tonight. Trade deadline is next Thursday.
Michael Wallace: Just spotted Tyreke leaving Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and he will no longer be with the Grizzlies for tonight’s game against the Pacers. Nothing imminent, but obviously trade discussions intensifying. If dealt, Evans believes he’ll definitely be headed to a playoff team.
Ronald Tillery: Pregame – Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans is headed back to team hotel. He was on the court warning up but will be held out tonight vs Pacers. CA story coming…
Bobby Marks: Unprecedented that we have two teams, Chicago and Memphis, sitting players on the trade block 1 week before the deadline. Interesting but the right decision considering both are out of playoff contention.
Marc Stein: The Sixers have expressed trade interest in Tyreke Evans, according to league sources, but Memphis continues to seek a first-round pick in an Evans deal and Philly is naturally reluctant to surrender it
Keith Pompey: This isn’t the first time the #Sixers pursued Tyreke Evans. The team tried to sign him in free agency this past summer, according to a league source.
Keith Pompey: Source confirms #Sixers are interested in Tyreke Evans, but adds #Celtics, #Cavaliers, #Pelicans, #Thunder, #Heat & #Rockets have all contacted the #Grizzlies about the Chester native. “It going to come to a team giving them what they want,” the source said. They want a 1-rounder
Windhorst: “Tyreke Evans definitely gets traded, even if it’s for a second-round pick. Memphis probably holds out until the very end, to make sure that somebody isn’t ready to offer [something more].”
Brian Windhorst: “Tyreke Evans definitely gets traded, even if it’s for a second-round pick. Memphis probably holds out until the very end, to make sure that somebody isn’t ready to offer [something more].”
The Grizzlies want a first-round pick for Evans, who is averaging 19.4 points in his healthiest season in three years.
Ronald Tillery: Not confirmed. But don’t be surprised if Tyreke Evans is moved to Boston
Ronald Tillery: Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans on trade rumors: “Whether they trade me or they keep me, I’m going to come to work every day and work hard.” #BigBallerBeatWriter #GrindCity twitter.com/CAGrizBeat/sta…
Sean Cunningham: Kings GM Vlade Divac said, at least for now, that there was no plan to release Tyreke Evans or Langston Galloway
The Sacramento Kings acquired guards Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and 2017 first and second-round draft selections from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for forward/center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Omri Casspi, it was announced today by Kings Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Vlade Divac.
“We’re thrilled to welcome DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans family,” stated Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps. “This is an exciting time for Pelicans fans as we continue our quest for long-term success. I know our fans are equally excited to welcome DeMarcus and Omri to our great city. I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Benson, Dennis Lauscha and Mickey Loomis for their continued support and providing the resources for us to be successful. I’d also like to thank Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and Buddy Hield for their professionalism and hard work on the court and in the community during their tenure in New Orleans.”
Bob Cooney: Source told me Tyreke Evans wasn’t part of Sixers-Pels trade scenario
Albert Nahmad: Tyreke Evans will get $458K trade bonus (if deal is completed Monday), to be paid by Pelicans and increase his cap hit with Kings to $10.7M.
The Pelicans are sending guards Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway, and 2017 first- and second-round picks to the Kings as part of the deal, league sources said, with forward Omri Casspi going to the Kings.
Marc Stein: Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and a future first- and second-round to Sacramento for DeMarcus Cousins, league sources say
#RekeHavoc: What is your sense on the Pelicans with respect to the trade market? – Steve Kyler: The guys to watch as the deadline nears are Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans, both are would-be free agents and could walk for nothing.
New Orleans has gotten inquiries on Ryan Anderson, though thus far has indicated little appetite for trading him. The Pelicans have, on the other hand, exhibited a willingness to consider deals for Eric Gordon and/or Tyreke Evans.
ESPN Cleveland: Windhorst: Tyreke Evans and Omer Asik are also some players on the #Cavs radar when it come to trades.
Michael Scotto: Sources: Pelicans are listening to trade offers for Tyreke Evans and gauging his value. He is on the books for $10.2 million next season.
With the Pelicans’ season not going as planned, the franchise has begun exploring the possibility of change. Shooting guard Eric Gordon and forward-center Ryan Anderson, both in the last years of their contracts, and Tyreke Evans have been discussed in potential trade scenarios, but nothing is imminent, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 18.
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New name for the Suns coaching search – Phoenix will interview Utah assistant coach Igor Kokoskov for their vacant head coaching job. Former Rockets coach Kevin McHale and Spurs assistant James Borrego are also candidates.
Jerry Stackhouse, featured in this space last year, has coached the Toronto Raptors’ G-League team to consecutive finals appearances, winning the title last season. A fierce competitor, Stackhouse puts a premium on game prep, and has become quite the film maven. Many insiders regard Stackhouse as the most likely candidate in the field this year to get a first-time job.
According to a source, Dolan last season sent an email to Hornacek saying he was disappointed in him for not buying fully into the triangle offense. This took place sometime around the All Star break. So we know that as recently as last season Dolan, who loves to tell you he’s not involved, was actually pushing Phil Jackson’s offense down Hornacek’s throat in a not-so-subtle way.
David Lee will leave for the French Open in 10 days. He hopes before heading to Paris with fiancée Caroline Wozniacki that Mark Jackson is named the Knicks head coach. The ex-Knicks/ex-Warriors power forward played for Jackson in Golden State for all three of Jackson’s seasons. “He has a very smart perspective looking at the game,’’ Lee told The Post in a phone interview. “Especially dealing with what you want in New York, you need somebody to understand the landscape. “Coaching and playing in New York is different than any city. You see it in baseball — superstars play for the Yankees either thrive or shy away from the situation. Mark understands the difference in New York basketball. He’s from there. He understands the politics, the fans, things involved unique to the Knicks. That’s an advantage he has.’’
Work ethic, preparation and a willingness to perform the humdrum tasks of the job are vital, but any head coach who can’t get out of the training facility by 6:30 p.m. on a non-game day may be putting on airs. Welcome to the era of work-life balance, where “not having a life outside basketball” is more a detriment than a curse, a demonstration that a coach might lack a native curiosity of the greater world that can actually help him do his job, relate to his players and colleagues and generally be a pleasant person to be around. The season is far too long and concentrated to approach the job otherwise in a league where “playing with joy” is the new imperative.
Derek Bodner: Embiid recently posted an instagram story with photos of the Heat (round 1), Celtics (potential round 2 matchup), Cavs (potential ECF) and Warriors (finals). His response? “I don’t know. It was, just, the only pictures I had in my phone.” He struggled to keep a straight face.