Reggie Evans made his first trip to Brooklyn Sunday as a visiting player, as the former Nets forward returned to face his old teammates after being dealt along with Jason Terry to the Kings for Marcus Thornton a little over two weeks ago. But Evans, who signed with the Nets before their inaugural season in Brooklyn and became a fan favorite at Barclays Center, said he has no hard feelings about being shipped out of town at the trade deadline. “I wasn’t shocked by the trade,” Evans said before the Nets beat the Kings 104-89. “I was surprised knowing it was Sacramento that wanted me, but I wasn’t really shocked by the trade. “Like I told [Nets general manager Billy King], it’s never personal. It’s always business, so I understand. I’m not one of those types of players who holds grudges or takes it so personal when they get traded. It’s a business. At the end of the day, I’m still living out my dream, and that’s to play in the NBA. That’s the best way to look at it.” Evans, who finished with three points and nine rebounds in 17 minutes, became a key contributor for the Nets last season, going from being part of an effective partnership with Andray Blatche off the bench to moving into the starting lineup alongside Lopez after interim coach P.J. Carlesimo took over for Avery Johnson. This season, however, Evans became a spare part, especially after the Nets switched to their current small-ball alignment that had them only playing one big at a time and getting quality minutes from Kevin Garnett, Blatche and rookie Mason Plumlee. “No, he never gave me no reason,” Evans said when asked if Nets coach Jason Kidd explained his drop in minutes . “He never had no one-on-one talk with me, or nothing like that. I never knew why I didn’t play.
Reggie Evans returns to old home to haunt Nets
New York Post | Mar 10