It was a happy fourth of July for the Sacramento Kings and their fans. The Kings as they pulled off a win-win sign-and-trade sending Tyreke Evans to the New Orleans Pelicans and received point guard Greivis Vasquez in return.
After drafting Ben McLemore out of Kansas, it seemed as though Evans’ days were truly numbered with the Kings. There was a feeling that Evans wanted out either way, but the fact that the Kings were able to work out a sign-and-trade scenario was tremendous for them.
Vasquez is coming off of a breakout season in which he averaged 14 points and nine assists per game. The 26 year old former Maryland prospect enjoyed a coming out party last season, and what was most impressive, is that he did it on a horrendous team. It’s not like he had an established star to set up on fast breaks or with open looks.
Vasquez averaged nine assists on the Hornets — now Pelicans. That, for one, is an accomplishment.
He displayed great decision-making and excellent vision at times, which will be something the Kings can look forward to with having McLemore coming into the NBA and developing his professional game early. A point guard like Vasquez will help him enormously.
Another interesting aspect of this deal, is the possibility that DeMarcus Cousins indeed stays with Sacramento and is not moved. Vasquez could use a center like him down low and they would make an excellent duo.
Kings fans should be elated with the trade overall, because they were about to lose Evans for nothing in return. Thankfully, they were able to grab themselves a young and upcoming point guard. It is a good day to be a Kings fan.