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Tyreke Evans signs in Italy

Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:47 am
Edited on: November 25, 2011 10:54 am
 
By Matt Moore 

Tyreke Evans had been slow to commit to an overseas team. He's been recovering from multiple injuries which put a damper on his sophomore season, and playing in a variety of exhibitions. But he's gone ahead and committed to a team and will play in Europe for the duration of the lockout. From Sportando: 
Virtus Roma agreed to terms with Tyreke Evans for the season 2011-12 with an NBA out to exercise by the player when lockout ends. The contract, as announced by Acea Roma, will be signed in the night.
via Virtus Roma officially announces Tyreke Evans | Serie A | Italy | Sportando.

The Italian league Virtus Roma is in, from what I understand, featues a mid-level collection of talent so it should provide enough competition to keep Evans honest while allowing him to work on different facets of his game, though they do not compete in Euroleague. Evans still struggles with finding a traditional position to play, as he's too much of a scorer to play point guard, despite his handle and size advantage, and yet has too much ability to be limited to a shooting guard. His time with Virtus Roma, who famously pursued Kobe Bryant this summer, should allow Evans to work on all areas of his game.

The timing of the deal, along with that of Lamar Odom's committment to Besiktas, reveals the confidence players and agents have that the NBA talks will reach a conclusion this weekend.
Comments

Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2011 3:52 am
 

Tyreke Evans signs in Italy

Uhh.....the NBA lockout is over.  Get your a s.s back over here.



Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 8:32 am
 

Tyreke Evans signs in Italy

The italian team who "famously pursued Kobe Bryant this summer" was Virtus Bologna, not Virtus Roma...they are different teams in different cities.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:42 am
 

Tyreke Evans signs in Italy

Sympathy for the writers of EOB for having to even note cannon fodder like this. Evans might be known but he is a C- production player with a 14.4 PER for last year. Where he goes and what he does means very little. He signed with a team that is not in the Euroleague so it might as well be the D-league (OK, I know the Italian league is a step up but will there even be an Italian league when the Euro collapses?)

Players accustomed to getting press notice are feeling lonely. Odom would be better off resting. He is also a C player (at 15.5 PER for the playoffs last year he is a bit better than Evans but not a starter on a team that got blown out in the playoffs with Kobe aboard.) In case you don't know 15.0 PER is an absolutely average player - i.e. a role player. The stars start at 20 and go up. There is no mass movement to Europe. For both player and team this is mostly about publicity and not actually about winning games. Sorry but these stories have been boring since July. Let's have some real basketball or not.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:00 am
 

Tyreke Evans signs in Italy

The timing of the deal, along with that of 's committment to Besiktas, reveals the confidence players and agents have that the NBA talks will reach a conclusion this weekend.
These brand name players getting contracts.  And even at that they are getting 1/4th or 1/5th of what they were making in the NBA.  60-70% of the nba players out there will never se a 7 figure deal in any other baskeball league.  These agent are just making i worse for their clients. 


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