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NBA trade deadline rumor: Celtics emerge as one of three frontrunners for Tyreke Evans

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Boston hopes to flip a first rounder in exchange for the Memphis guard.

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ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that Boston was one of three frontrunners for Memphis’ Tyreke Evans.

Evans hasn't suited up for the Grizzlies since February 1, as the team continues to shop him prior to the upcoming trade deadline. The 28-year-old is currently averaging 19.5 PPG, 5 RPG, and 5 APG.

This came less than an hour after Marc Stein of the New York Times reported that the Celtics were continuing to chase a first round pick in exchange for Marcus Smart. Boston hopes to flip the hypothetical first rounder in a deal for Clippers guard Lou Williams or Evans.

Smart remains out for the next 2 or so weeks due to a right hand laceration he suffered early in the Celtics’ most recent west coast trip. His upcoming restricted free agency has spurred a lot of these trade rumors, many of which have heated up over the last day or two.

The trade deadline is this Thursday, February 8th at 3 p.m. EST