Josh Newman, Field ReporterIf the Nets are going to look to move Reggie Evans this summer, it doesn’t seem to be a top priority, at least not right now.
On Tuesday afternoon, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told SNY.tv that there is no truth to a report from Monday evening that said the Nets may open up Thursday’s blockbuster trade with the Boston Celtics in order to shop Evans to a third team with the intention of getting back a point guard to back up Deron Williams.
That’s not to say Evans’ name has not or will not come up in trade scenarios, it just isn’t happening right now. As news of Thursday’s Nets-Celtics trade, which consists of eight players and three first-round draft picks changing hands, began to unfold, Evans name was linked to the trade throughout the process.
In the wee hours of Friday morning, SNY.tv broke the news that Evans was not involved in the trade, but MarShon Brooks was. As the trade stands right now, the Nets will send Brooks, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans, Kris Joseph and first-round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018 to the Celtics in exchange for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry. The trade cannot be made official until July 12.
If the Nets do end up shopping Evans in the Celtics trade or elsewhere, it would make some sense. The Nets have a large crew of forwards and centers in Brook Lopez, Garnett, Andray Blatche, just-drafted Mason Plumlee and second-year combo-forward Mirza Teletovic. With the notion that Teletovic is set to see an increased role at power forward, it doesn’t seem out of the question that the Nets would eventually consider their options regarding Evans.
Evans was acquired last summer from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for the right to swap second-round draft picks in 2016.
In his 11th season in the NBA at the age of 32 last season, Evans paid big dividends, starting 56 of the 80 games he played in. In just 24.6 minutes per game, he averaged 11.1 rebounds, which was good for sixth in the NBA. Evans was also the league-leader in rebounds per 48 minutes at 21.6.
The knock on Evans last season, and really throughout his career, has been his lack of offense. While his defense and rebounding was a shot in the arm to a Nets frontcourt that badly needed both, he averaged just 4.5 points and shot 47.9 percent from the floor last season.
Evans’ contract has two years remaining at approximately $3.5 million in total.
Josh Newman is SNYNets.com’s Field Reporter. Follow him on Twitter for up to the minute news and banter on all things related to the Brooklyn Nets and the NBA