The Memphis Grizzlies are coming off a very poor and forgettable 2017-18 season and things may just be about to get worse with Tyreke Evans entering free agency.
The 2009 Rookie of the Year had a standout season for the Grizzlies, elevating his worth and making it difficult for the franchise to re-sign him. With the high possibility of the Grizzlies guard being too expensive to re-sign, Evans may possibly end up elsewhere, and you guessed it, the Golden State Warriors are in the race for Evans’ services.
According to the editor-in-chief for the San Francisco Bay Area edition of The Athletic, Tim Kawakami, Evans may fit in perfectly in Golden State.
Don't know if he was high on their list, or what they'd want to pay him, but the guy left over right now at the top of the list I drew up for the Warriors is Tyreke Evans.
— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) July 1, 2018
Sam Amick of Amico Hoops later confirmed this train of thought.
Heard buzz about this tonight, and it makes good sense. And oh by the way, Tyreke’s former agent (Warriors GM Bob Myers) and former trainer (scout Lamont Peterson) work for the Warriors https://t.co/iMVuldneFZ
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 1, 2018
Tyreke Evans also has valuable links within the Warriors front office, with former agent Bob Myers, now the Warriors GM along with former trainer, Lamont Peterson, who’s now a scout at Golden State.
With Golden State coming off back-to-back championships, there could be interest from Evans to play with such an elite team, however, the Warriors may not be willing to match his demands price-wise.
In the 2017-8 season, Evans averaged 19.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game, making him a standout in an otherwise disappointing season for the Grizzlies. Adding Tyreke to an alreastar-studdedded lineup could help push the Warriors towards yet another championship.