Is Keenan Evans the next signing for Olympiacos?

Is Keenan Evans the next signing for Olympiacos?

Numerous reports suggest that Olympiacos is keen on signing Keenan Evans as their next acquisition. Evans, who recently played for Zalgiris, saw his team fall short of the Euroleague playoffs or play-in, finishing 14th in the standings with 14 wins and 20 losses. Evans has undeniably showcased his prowess as one of the top guards in the Euroleague this season, capturing Olympiacos’ interest for a potential acquisition. While it appears that Evans has agreed to terms with Olympiacos, formal announcements about player acquisitions may not be appropriate at this time, especially considering Olympiacos’ ongoing Euroleague season. Despite this, anticipation builds as fans await Evans’ debut with Olympiacos, slated for the upcoming season.

Who is Keenan Evans?

Keenan Evans is an American basketball player who began his professional career in 2018. Since then, he has made significant strides, earning spots with Hapoel Haifa for the 2020-2021 season and Maccabi Tel Aviv for the 2021-2022 season. Since 2022, he has been playing for Zalgiris.

Professional Career:

  1. Grand Rapids Drive (2018–2019):
    • After going undrafted in the 2018 NBA draft, Evans signed a contract with the Golden State Warriors for their summer league team. He later signed a two-way contract with the Detroit Pistons. On January 15, 2019, Evans was waived by the Pistons but was retained on the Grand Rapids Drive roster.
  2. Delaware Blue Coats (2019):
    • On January 22, 2019, Evans was traded to the Delaware Blue Coats.
  3. Igokea (2019–2020):
    • On July 26, 2019, Evans signed a one-year contract with Igokea of the Adriatic League.
  4. Hapoel Haifa (2020–2021):
    • In July 2020, he joined Hapoel Haifa of the Israel Basketball Premier League.
  5. Maccabi Tel Aviv (2021–2022):
    • On July 6, 2021, Evans signed a one-year deal with Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Basketball Premier League and the EuroLeague.
  6. Žalgiris Kaunas (2022–Present):
    • On July 12, 2022, Evans signed a two-year contract with Žalgiris Kaunas of the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL) and the EuroLeague.

College Career:

  • Evans played for the Texas Tech Red Raiders from 2014 to 2018.

Keenan Evans’ stats in Euroleague 2023-2024.

This year, Keenan Evans has delivered a remarkable performance, evident in his statistics in the current Euroleague season. He averages 17.3 points per game, 2.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.2 steals, with a PIR of 18.3 in the Euroleague rating system.

Undoubtedly, he stands out as the key player for Zalgiris, leading the guard lineup. Keenan Evans seems to have reached an agreement with Olympiacos for a two-year contract, with a salary exceeding 1.7 million euros.

Will the transfer of Keenan Evans benefit Olympiacos?

In recent analyses of teams in the playoffs and play-in, Olympiacos has been identified as suffering at the guard position. While they boast notable players like I. Canaan, T. Walkup, and N. Williams-Goss, their performance this year has been inconsistent, with only occasional flashes of excellence. Adding a guard of Keenan Evans’ caliber would significantly address Olympiacos’ issues and undoubtedly enhance their competitiveness in the upcoming season. It’s a weakness for Olympiacos, and securing Keenan Evans suggests they are aiming to contend in the Euroleague for the 2024-2025 season. Clearly, Olympiacos recognizes this need, which is why they made such a substantial offer to Evans.

Keenan Evans was named the MVP for the 25th round of the Euroleague. Watch highlights of his performance on the official Euroleague channel on YouTube.

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