Now that the Sacramento Kings ownership situation has been resolved and the franchise has been secured, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for the top dogs, once they are properly identified under the new ownership structure, to make some very key personnel decisions.
The draft is coming up and that would probably be No 1 on the list. A close second will be what to do with the acrimonious situation between coach Keith Smart and superstar Demarcus Cousins. But, the Kings also need to make sure free agent Tyreke Evans re-signs with the team. There are a lot of teams looking for talent, and Evans could be near the top of their list for key pick ups. He’ll be an instant starter for any team in the NBA.
The Kings are coming off a public relations nightmare with their ownership flap. They have a chance to start brand new, but losing a player like Evans would be a tremendous fiasco.
The Kings wisely did not have Evans playing the final game of the regular season in order to keep him healthy. For the season, he averaged 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 31 minutes per game. His numbers are actually down from his career figures of 34.9 minutes, 17.5 points. 4.8 assists and 4.8 rebounds a game.
There’s some concern about the decline in stats. But on the other side, his shooting percentage improved with 47.8 percent from the floor, 33.8 percent in 3-pointers and 77.5 percent in free throws. His career marks are 44.9 percent from the floor, 27.6 in threes and 76.5 in free throws.
Evans needs to have a big season for 2013-14. The Kings have various options to make with him, and they should take advantage and keep him in the fold.