Evans supplied 23 points (8-18 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 3-5 FT), nine rebounds, seven assists, one steal, and one block in 31 minutes during Wednesday's 121-114 loss to the Thunder.
After sitting for five straight games in advance of the trade deadline, Evans fared much better in his second bout back in the lineup, as he managed 12 points (on three-of-11 shooting), five boards, and three assists to four turnovers in 26 minutes during Sunday's blowout loss to the Thunder. With seven showings with four-plus threes this season, Evans is one such outing away from doubling the number of those performances he had during his first eight seasons combined (four). Through 48 games with the Grizzlies, Evans has also made 25.0 percent (103) of his total career threes (412). He remains a nightly triple-double threat and an excellent option across all fantasy leagues going forward.
Evans accounted for 12 points (3-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five rebounds and three assists across 26 minutes in Sunday's 110-92 loss to the Thunder.
Evans was playing in his first game since Jan. 29, as the Grizzlies had held him out in the subsequent five contests while they explored potential trade options. The nine-year vet's shot was cleary off after his multi-game absence, although he was able to salvage his overall line to an extent with a near-perfect showing from the free-throw line. Now that he's likely shaken off some of the rust, Evans will look to get his production back up to normal levels in a rematch against the Thunder next Wednesday.
Evans will re-join the starting lineup Sunday against the Thunder.
Evans was one of the hottest names on the trade market before Thursday's deadline, which led the Grizzlies to resting him the past five games as a way of assuring he would not get hurt. However, Evans remains in Memphis and will resume his regular role as starting shooting guard. He is averaging over 31 minutes a contest this season, expect a similar workload Sunday night.
After being the subject to numerous trade rumors on a busy Thursday deadline, Evans ended up not going anywhere and will ride out the season in Memphis before entering free agency this summer. There's a strong chance the Grizzlies hope to re-sign the veteran to a long-term deal, but for now, look for Evans to continue his role as the team's starting shooting guard and top playmaker out of the backcourt.
On an expiring contract and in the midst of his best season since his rookie campaign of 2009-10, Evans looked like a premium trade chip for the rebuilding Grizzlies leading up to the deadline. Memphis even chose to hold out the injury-prone veteran out for their past five games in order to avoid any setbacks on the health front prior to the deadline, but the team ultimately decided to hold onto Evans, likely with the intention of re-signing him to a contract extension before he hits free agency in July. While it remains to be seen if the two sides will be able to hammer out a deal, Evans should nonetheless take back his role as the team's top playmaker out of the backcourt. Look for him to reenter the starting five in the Grizzlies' next game Sunday against the Thunder, with big man Jarell Martin likely heading to the bench as a result.
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