Earlier this week it was revealed that the Sacramento Kings were being sold by the Maloof family to an investment group out of Seattle for a whopping $500 million, raising questions about which one of the random players who don’t fit the roster would be the first to go. Most of the trade rumors in recent weeks revolved around DeMarcus Cousins due to his volatile attitude, but with reports of Cousins being untouchable the Kings’ trade rumors have shifted to former Rookie of the Year guard/forward Tyreke Evans.
Trading Evans now would be a wise decision for the Kings. While Evans may fill the stat sheet in a variety of ways (he is currently averaging 14.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.2 rebounds per game this season), Evans isn’t the type of player you build a franchise around.
Evans is more of a complementary player capable of creating his own shot, preferably next to a more dominant player. Despite being named ROY in 2009-10, Evans has seen his numbers decline in every season since, due to a lack of growth in his game. Evans still lacks a consistent jump shot to compliment his penetration skills and when you’re that one-dimensional, NBA teams figure out how to contain you rather quickly.
Evans has missed time with injuries lately but can have value for a number of teams; the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls are all teams that could use a guard with Evans’ one-on-one skills for both the short and long-term future. The Lakers don’t quite have the assets at the moment and both the Bulls and Celtics signed wing players to short-term deals recently, but in today’s NBA virtually anything is possible.
The Kings declined to offer Evans a contract extension last fall, meaning he could be a restricted free agent this summer if the Kings tender the required $6.9 qualifying offer for him. Being that the Kings will more than likely be relocating to Seattle for the 2013-14 season, the Kings would be best served to get what they can for Evans now and cautiously rebuild around Cousins in a new market rather than risk losing Evans for nothing later.