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Kevin Garnett demanded Nets not trade Reggie Evans

Oct 15, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett, Reggie Evans AP

Remember back in July how during the surprisingly public discussions of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce getting traded to Brooklyn, Reggie Evans was in the deal and headed to Boston then suddenly he wasn’t? It seemed an odd sticking point at the time.

Now we know what happened — Kevin Garnett demanded the Nets keep Evans.

Seriously. That’s what he said before the two teams face off in a preseason game in Brooklyn Tuesday, as reported by Newsday.

“I won’t go into specific details of what I was wanting and dislikes and everything else when it came to building the business of basketball,” Garnett said before the Nets beat the 76ers, 127-97, in Monday night’s preseason game at Wachovia Center. “But I will say this: One of the key things for me was not only Paul (Pierce) and ‘Jet’ (Jason Terry) coming here with me to make it comfortable, but Reggie Evans had to be on the roster. That was a huge key for me coming here.”

Evans is the kind of player KG can respect — he busts it hard every time down the court and he does the little things. He sets mean picks, he crashes the board and he gets under the other team’s skin.

“Me and KG, we’re just clicking,” Evans said. “We are just taking advantage of this moment, and taking advantage of it is winning a championship. Sometimes you’ve got to do the little stuff, always talking to each other, communicating with each other and stuff like that. Everything is a process and we are slowly getting to know each other on the court and off the court. Dapping each other up, all that stuff is coming natural. Ain’t nothing fake about it. It’s all just natural, which is good.”

There are a lot of interesting pieces in Brooklyn, the question is how to fit them together — and can first-time coach Jason Kidd figure out how to make the puzzle work?

While in theory Evans backs up Garnett at the four with Brook Lopez then Andray Blatche at the center spot, a smaller KG/Evans frontcourt could be a good matchup against certain teams that go small and space the floor (Andrei Kirilenko can be a help there, too).

Kidd has a lot of options at his disposal, the question is will he know what to do with them?

  1. qpoiu1 - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    “He sets mean picks” Stephen A. Smith gotta love that line

  2. phreakin - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    That’s a pretty high compliment if KG is demanding to play with you. Love him or hate him you can’t deny his work ethic for all these years.

  3. Kevin S. - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    As long as KG doesn’t demand Evans get more than 10-12 minutes a night, I’m fine with this.

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      he should. evans was awesome last year. fantastic rebounder.

      • bougin89 - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        He’s perfect on a team like this where he only has to set picks and hunt for offensive rebounds. On the Nets he won’t be looked at for offense, other than hunting offensive rebounds. You’d think on a team with so many offensive options/egos he will fit perfectly.

      • Kevin S. - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        And turned the ball over a quarter of the times he touched it, and fouled prolificly, and couldn’t even be counted on to finish putbacks. Evans has a role, and does fit in well as a reserve on this team, but not even the Nets can play 4-on-5 offensively for extended stretches.

  4. babyphife - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    evans had games last year where he has 25+ rebounds….he won my roto league for me!

  5. unfly - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    When he says he don’t want to go into specifics of who stays and goes, I’m guessing he meant he wanted them to get rid of Humphries.

    • zerole00 - Oct 15, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      Humphries was going to be traded regardless. His numbers were pretty sub-par for his contract last season, and his expiring contract was one of the few things the Nets had going for them in trading negotiations. Prokhorov might not mind paying the luxury tax for a competitive team, but I highly doubt he wanted to overpay for what was essentially dead weight.

  6. abchome - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    I really wish having Reggie back to my favorite team.

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