Trade speculation around the Sacramento Kings’ Tyreke Evans has and will continue to be rampant, after all, players of Evans’ caliber don’t hit the market very often. Despite his struggles, a 22 year old talent that combines the size and speed that Evans does is rarely seen on the trading block, not to mention, putting up stats (although inflated) that only Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson and LeBron James did in their rookie years? That’s not exactly a tough sell.
But, like in most situations, opposing teams see a struggling Evans and want to lowball their offers. It’s good business for the opposition, but the Kings aren’t in panic mode – at least not yet, according to Sam Smith, who says the Kings are asking for quite the return in any Evans move:
A deal for Evans has been much speculated upon everywhere. But the Kings are said to want a lot and would hardly add the No. 5 pick with him. Maybe you get the pick for Noah. Hardly Evans and the pick. Maybe you get Evans and the pick for Noah and Deng, which would be ridiculous for the Bulls to do. It makes little sense for either side.
Speculation about Evans to the Bulls has been the hot topic in recent weeks, but it was a trade I never really understood for both sides. Derrick Rose and Evans seemed like an odd coupling from the start and while Deng does fit a need for the Kings, I’m not sure the price is right for Sacramento.