It’s been a tough fall from grace for the former rookie of the year, but it appears that Tyreke Evans‘ days as a Sacramento Kings are numbered.
While the Kings may or may not have sent out feelers around the league a month ago during the NBA’s trading deadline, we certainly know that they took some offers for the Memphis product, of which they declined. But now, according to the Sacramento Bee’s Ailene Voisin, it will be the Kings this Summer extending the olive branches for trades – hoping to get something of value for the onetime franchise savior:
Kings executives will entertain trade offers for Tyreke Evans this summer, and they should.
Evans remains a major asset. His team remains in a major funk. When a franchise finishes near the conference cellar for six consecutive seasons, the general manager needs to make significant personnel changes, or the franchise needs to change its general manager.
But that’s an organizational decision.
As was reported by Jason Jones and Sam Amick this past Thursday, Evans’ agent Arn Tellum meet with Geoff Petrie to discuss Evans’ role on the squad – the meeting seeming somewhat unexpected, but more than that, oddly timed considering there was no talk of any extension. Was the meeting simply a meeting of the minds to talk potential trades?
Whatever the case, the Kings certainly need to be careful in their desires to move on from Evans. Still only at 22 years old, many players don’t hit their growth spurts until their mid-20’s and we’ve seen the type of abilities Evans has. That said, for the Kings front office, there’s no reward without risk and Evans’ stagnation is alarming.
Unfortunately for the purple and black, moving Evans at any point of this Summer is trading a former ROY at bargain basement prices. Expecting anything of significance in return for Evans is grasping at straws, so you have to wonder if the potential move is worth the return.
It’ll be an interesting Summer for the Kings, no doubt, and one that may leave a multitude of King fans with a bittersweet taste left in their basketball mouths.