When it comes to news and rumors involving the Sacramento Kings, Sam Amick is essentially the basketball version of gospel – when the Amick speaketh, you listen. And the Amick has indeed done just that.
According to Sam and Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, the Sacramento Kings have changed the tune on their late December stance of trading DeMarcus Cousins, but have opened up shop on Tyreke Evans and just anybody else on the roster:
As for Tyreke Evans? The Kings will certainly listen to offers for the fourth-year guard and have shown legitimate interest in upgrading their roster either by moving him or anyone else not named Cousins.
The rumor (or suggestion, if you want to call it that) of moving Evans is nothing new as we’re on year two of the “As The Evans Turns”, though with restricted free agency approaching in a matter of months – the Kings are clearly gauging interest in the former Rookie of the Year.
Given the current injury situation (and injury history) not to mention the contractual issues Evans will have at season end, it’s hard to imagine the Kings finding anything near equal value – but if you don’t dangle the player, you’ll never know what interest is out there.
Still – an Amick report that Evans is on the block is about as reliable as you’re going to get.
Finding a willing partner who’ll give the Kings what they want is a completely different story, but it appears Mr. 20/5/5 in indeed officially available.