Free agent profile: Reggie Evans [Video]
This is the 34th post in a series of free-agent profiles that analyzes particular players and how they might fit in with the Lakers.
Toronto Raptors power forward Reggie Evans
Type of free agent: Unrestricted
Positives: Evans is considered one of the league's most efficient and aggressive rebounders. Despite his limited jumping and mobility, he averaged a career-high 11.5 rebounds per game last year with Toronto, including four per contest on the offensive glass. His rebound rate, according to Hoopdata.com, shows that he's remarkably efficient. Because Evans would only be used as a backup to Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, that efficiency would come in handy because it'd be easy to just plug him into the lineup and allow him to go to work. Even with Evans' limited offensive game, Hoopdata shows that most of his buckets come off putbacks. Considering the Lakers' depth at the power forward position, they would simply need a reliable backup that can hold the fort during garbage minutes and to give Gasol and Odom a breather.
Negatives: Evans' aggressive play comes with a price. He's averaged 2.4 fouls per game during his nine-year career and has developed a reputation for playing dirty. The Lakers could value that physical play to some degree, but Evans often goes overboard, once even resorting to tapping Clippers center Chris Kaman below the belt so he could get a loose ball. His offensive limitations are bad enough and his lack of movement doesn't allow him to fit in interchangeable lineups other than remaining at the basket.
Verdict: There's no way the Lakers would be willing to pay the $5.1-million salary Evans earned with the Raptors last season. But not to worry. The new collective bargaining agreement will likely lower that value, which wouldn't be as high anyway since Toronto heavily relied more on his services than the Lakers would. Even with Evans' limitations, he would be a good get simply because he has a specific skill set that he excels in consistently. All the negative aspects of his game won't be as magnified because he would play in garbage minutes.
-- Mark Medina
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