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According to ESPN senior writer Adrian Wojnarowski, the Denver Nuggets have expressed interest in acquiring Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans.
The Denver Nuggets are a team primed to make the postseason for the first time in four years. Acquiring a veteran like Evans could potentially put the Nuggets over the top in the Western Conference, but it won’t come cheap. The Grizzlies are reportedly asking for a first round pick in return of Evans.
Story on ESPN: As trade talks intensify, Memphis plans to sit out Tyreke Evans until a deal is completed. https://t.co/8owiTogSZ3
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 1, 2018
The Grizzlies take on the Indiana Pacers Wednesday night, and Evans won’t be in the lineup. Evans won’t see the floor again for the Grizzlies as the team doesn’t want to risk injury before the February 8 trade deadline. The fact that the Grizzlies are sitting Evans down is a potential sign that they are highly motivated to move him before next weeks trade deadline. The other teams with reported interest in Evans are the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, and New Orleans Pelicans.
Evans is having a career year at age 28 and is currently averaging 19.5 points per game. One issue with acquiring Evans is that he would be an unrestricted free-agent at the end of the season and the Grizzlies seem poised to get a first round pick in return for his services. A guy like Evans may be worth a first round pick for a Nuggets team that is already young enough as is. Evans would certainly make the Nuggets a better team in the short term, and there’s no telling whether they would be able to wrap him up for the long term once the season is over.
Stay tuned to Dig In Denver as we update you on Nuggets news as the trade deadline nears.