76ers Free Agent Targets: Tyreke Evans

By: Jon Balant

 

Tyreke Evans

Position: Shooting Guard, Small Forward

Age: 28 (entering 9th season)

Height/Weight: 6’6”, 220 lbs

College: Memphis

Draft: 2009, 4th overall by Sacramento Kings

Previous Team: Memphis Grizzlies

Previous Contract: 1 year, $3.3 million

Current Status: Unrestricted Free Agent

Agent: Darren Matsubara, Wasserman Agency

Projected Cost: $14 million per year

Career Highlights:

  • 1 on of only 3 players to average at least 19 points per game, 5 rebounds per game, 5 assists per game, and 39% from 3 point range during the 2017-2018 season.
  • Averaged career high of 20.1 points per game for Sacramento in rookie season.

Pros:

  • Originally from Chester, PA, so would be a homecoming for Evans.
  • Capable of scoring both in transition and in a half court game.
  • Would provide half court scorer that 76ers are in desperate need of.
  • Can pull up and shoot off the dribble, and break down defenders with ease.
  • Capable defender with long wing span
  • Relatively clear injury history, having not had any real extended absences.
  • Capable of playing point guard, shooting guard, and small forward which would help lineup flexibility.

 

Cons:

  • Has only played in 4 career playoff games, and never really been part of a winning team.
  • Not exceptionally quick or athletic.
  • Could potentially limit growth of Markelle Fultz if he started at the 2-guard position.
  • Can be a bit lackadaisical on defense.

 

Conclusion:

  • Should the Sixers swing and miss on one of the top tier free agent wing players, Evans would be a viable tier 2 option. He fills a major hole at the 2 or 3 guard position, and they could still retain JJ Reddick and start Evans at the 3. Evans will command a lot of interest in the open market from teams looking for a scorer, and would require an offer of 3-4 years at $15+ million per year from the 76ers.  A player at this stage in his career would likely want to come here and have an opportunity to win, and he would still be one of the top scoring options, providing a win-win situation for both the Sixers and Evans.  A native of Chester, PA, Evans could be intrigued by the opportunity to finish his career near his hometown.