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I have written previously in CelticsLife about acquiring Memphis Grizzlies, guard/forward, Tyreke Evans. The NBA trade deadline is February 8 at 3:00 PM (ET), and Celtics boss, Danny Ainge, seems to be playing a waiting game to see what opportunities develop.

One of our writers, Justin Quinn, made the following recommendation via the comment section in my original article:

"You could use only cash and assets - tossing them Boston's 18 frp (first-round pick) & a couple srps (second-round picks) would probably be more useful to them while saving them money."

Danny is a bargain-basement dealer, and this may be more than he is willing to pay. But Boston's first-round pick will most likely be in the late-20's range, and with the necessary added cash, that may suffice. Evans is having a terrific year with Memphis and remains healthy. He is 6'6" and plays PG, SF and PF. He can pass the ball, hit from outside and drive and finish. He is extremely versatile, and could play an important role for the rest of this season, the playoffs and future seasons. I believe Boston would have a good shot at signing him when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Ainge seems to be reluctant to use the DPE too hastily, probably fearing that moving too quickly will negate the chance for a better deal prior to March 8 when the DPE expires. But I feel Evans is worth the minimal risk. Memphis has made it known that they want a first-round draft pick for Tyreke. Danny is a Master Trader with exceptional timing. The time to make this move may be now.

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Tom Lane 1/10/2018 02:44:00 PM Edit
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