Mar 13, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard Tyreke Evans (13) looks on during the fourth quarter of the game against the Chicago Bulls at Power Balance Pavilion. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Chicago Bulls 121-79. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Tyreke Evans didn't want to go through changes in Sacramento again?


The loss of former Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans hit many hard.

Evans, though quiet, was a relatively loveable player. Sure, at times he was frustrating, but Evans was the first sign of hope for the Kings franchise in a long time. Yes, the numbers from his rookie season were artificially inflated but Evans looked amazing during his rookie year regardless. Poor coaching, injuries, lack of a team around him, whatever you want to blame, Evans wasn’t ever able to recapture the magic of his freshman season sadly.

The following years were marred with whispers of unhappiness, both from Evans himself and the fan base who were growing frustrated with his inability to stay on the floor.

Despite that, when he signed elsewhere, it left a hole in the hearts of many.

Now a member of the New Orleans Pelicans after agreeing to a lucrative deal this offseason, Evans told Sheridan Hoops that while he enjoyed his time in Sacramento, especially the fans, he just didn’t want to go through another change and the Pelicans seemed like a better opportunity, both financially and in terms of on court success.

Per Shlomo Sprung:

In an exclusive, one-on-one interview with Sheridan Hoops, Evans said that “it was either go through all that change again or pick a new situation that was more consistent.” That new and consistent beginning will take place in the Big Easy.

It also didn’t help that the offer made by Kings brass “was not the same contract” as the one he ultimately accepted from the Pelicans. “Not even close, I don’t think,” Evans said. What he got from New Orleans was “definitely a significant upgrade from what the Kings offered.”

Evans continued in the piece, suggesting that the constant relocation rumors in addition the poor coaching weighed on him during his Sacramento tenure.

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  • Mad Dam

    He apparently had to have at least one more change in him. It was either here, where all the garbage had been taken out or taken care of, Or there.

    It was still, just one more change, regardless what he chose.

    I think the deciding factor, The Money was better as a Pelican.

    Still sorry to see him go.

  • Kings1Fan

    See ya Tyreke. Hope you don’t have regrets when the Kings turn this thing around and make it to the playoffs again.

  • skwirrl

    Good bye and good riddance you bum.