Report: Lakers to meet with free agent Tyreke Evans

Tyreke Evans #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies is fouled as he drives to the basket against Wesley Johnson #33 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half against Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center on January 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images North America

The Los Angeles Lakers had a busy first day of free agency but are not done yet. Following the arrival of LeBron James to the South Bay, the Lakers have worked diligently to assemble a team of veterans around him and the young core.

That work seems to be continuing as according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, the Lakers will meet with free agent guard Tyreke Evans on Monday.

Evans is known for flaming out after a terrific season with the Sacramento Kings but despite stagnating, he has carved out a viable role in the NBA. Last season with the Memphis Grizzlies, the former Rookie of the Year winner averaged 19.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 52 appearances. He shot 45 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the arc, making him a great fit alongside James and Lonzo Ball.

The Lakers need a backup point guard and Evans may be the best left on the market. His ability to be both a playmaker and a scorer are sorely needed for the Lakers’ second unit.

The Lakers are reportedly also meeting with Julius Randle later on Monday to work out a contract for the four-year Laker to remain in Los Angeles.

Evans would join a free agency class loaded on the wings with the likes of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Lance Stephenson joining James in LA.

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