With the Sixers' closest competition for a playoff spot completing a blockbuster trade to make a push, it appears the team isn't about to stand still.
According to the New York Times' Marc Stein, the Sixers have expressed interest in Memphis Grizzlies swingman Tyreke Evans. Per the report, the Grizzlies are seeking a first-round pick in a return package for Evans.
The Sixers have expressed trade interest in Tyreke Evans, according to league sources, but Memphis continues to seek a first-round pick in an Evans deal and Philly is naturally reluctant to surrender it
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) January 31, 2018
For 2018, the Sixers hold their own first-round pick and another first-rounder via the Los Angeles Lakers. That's the pick included in the Markelle Fultz trade that goes to the Boston Celtics in 2018 if it falls between Nos. 2-5.
This news comes just two days after the Detroit Pistons acquired star power forward Blake Griffin, Willie Reed and Brice Johnson from the L.A. Clippers for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, a first-round draft pick and a second-round pick.
The Sixers (24-23) are sitting in the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, just two games above the Pistons (23-36).
Evans is enduring a renaissance season. The Chester native is averaging 19.5 points per game, his highest mark since his Rookie of the Year campaign in 2010. He's also shooting 45.8 percent from the field and 39.2 percent from three-point range in addition to averaging 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists a night.
Evans makes $3.29 million this season before becoming an unrestricted free agent.