The Boston Celtics attempted to strike a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies for Tyreke Evans, per HoopsHype's Alex Kennedy. According to ESPN's Zach Lowe, the Nuggets offered a choice between Emmanuel Mudiay/ and a second-rounder, or multiple second-round picks and an expiring contract.
The 28-year-old Evans has sat out Memphis' past five games as the team searches for a trade partner. Evans is the leading scorer for Memphis at 19 points a game.
That kind of thinking is unsafe and perhaps the Grizzlies deserve some credit for being principled in their approach.
They'll begin perusing the buyout market for a player that fits that bill starting now. Ennis averaged seven points in 45 games this season for the Grizzlies. The Celtics weren't willing to meet those demands, and the Grizzlies ended up keeping Evans, who's set to become a free agent after this season.More news: Ford Transit Connect Wagon is a quasi-minivan for Baby Boomers
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A contender needs cheap talent to fill out the back end of the roster and a rebuilding team wants as many bites at the draft apple as they can get in order to find the one or two second-rounders who shine each year.
For this season, the Grizzlies find themselves in an interesting position.
The Grizzlies do not have any advantage over other teams in the offers they can make in the offseason. General Manager Chris Wallace apparently decided that was not enough.
Either way, the Grizzlies are probably going to watch Evans walk and get nothing of value from his career season.