The Brooklyn Nets have been discussing a trade that would send Brook Lopez to the New Orleans Pelicans for Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, Tim Frazier, and a protected 2018, a source has told Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders.
As always, the hold-up appears to be the Nets’ resistance to dealing the franchise’s near-leader in every statistical category for anything less than two first rounders, as ESPN’s Marc Stein noted yesterday. While many have predicted that the high price point would be tough to meet, the Nets still have ten days before the NBA trade deadline. The Pelicans, getting increasingly more desperate to pair a star with Anthony Davis in the frontcourt, have offered the Nets their best deal yet — but it’s likely not enough.
Evans, the prized player in such a trade, would be a free agent this summer. From Scotto:
Evans, 27, will become an unrestricted free agent after the season. Evans averaged 16.8 points, 5.2 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game through his first six seasons. However, the former 2009 fourth overall pick has struggled with injuries dating back to last season. Evans played in only 25 games last season. This season, Evans has averaged a career-low 17.6 minutes per game off the bench this season.
The NBA trade deadline is on February 23rd at 3 PM EST.