Tyreke Evans has been limited to just 65 games in the past two years because of various injuries. Evans, 28, is hoping his move to the Memphis Grizzlies will rejuvenate his NBA career.
"I feel like it's my rookie year again with me being healthy, so I’m excited," Evans told The Commercial Appeal. "When [the Grizzlies] were talking to me, they were excited about getting a guard like me to help Mike Conley create and get to the basket."
Evans, who has averaged 16.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game in his eight NBA seasons, will compete to be the starting shooting guard in training camp and the preseason with Wayne Selden. Ben McLemore would have been in the mix, too, but he's sidelined for several more weeks following surgery on Aug. 8 to repair a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.
Grizzlies coach David Fizdale is planning to have the 28-year-old Evans run more when he's on the floor than he's done previously.
"He hasn’t been a big runner in his career, where he gets up the floor and we let him go one-on-two or one-on-one in the open court," Fizdale said. "I want him to move without the ball with guys like Marc Gasol and Mike. But at the same time, I’m going to let Tyreke be Tyreke. He’s got to go to work with that ball in his hands."
-- Nick Silva