It came out of nowhere, but an initial report by the Sacramento Bee’s Jason Jones, later confirmed by SI’s Sam Amick saying Tyreke Evans‘ agent Arn Tellem meet with Kings general manager Geoff Petrie did indeed take place prior to last nights tilt versus the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Evans was apparently unaware of the meeting (or more likely, what was talked about), which was also attended by Evans’ brother Reggie and another representative of Tellum’s, but Amick reported that the meeting was to essentially get an update on Evans’ role on the Kings and to discuss his less than happy feelings about that said role being diminished:
"As @mr_jasonjones noted, Tyreke Evans‘ agent, Arn Tellem, made a rare appearance tonight to express his concerns about the former Rookie of the Year’s role. He met with Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie, Evans’ brother, Reggie, and another Tellem rep as well. Source close to Evans says he’s frustrated with how marginalized he’s become. Evans’ reps are encouraging him to be more vocal about his perspective going forward. No extension discussions (he’s eligible this summer), FWIW."
With Evans eligible for an extension this Summer, one could have assumed Tellem was simply in town for initial contract talks, but as Amick pointed out, no discussions were held on the extension (Kings have no reason to even discuss them until next Summer) so you have to wonder what the pow-wow was all about.
More likely than not, with Evans’ career soon to be reaching a “Y” in the road, either in Sacramento or elsewhere, this was a meeting of the minds to see what the future holds – or at least a small piece of it.
For Tyreke, despite his apparent frustrations about falling from franchise savior to essentially third wheel, he and he alone hold the keys to his success. Yes, there is a growing part of the Kings fan base who’ve grown frustrated with the talented Memphis product, but for Evans and crew, they must remember it’s out of love. I’ve never met a King fan that didn’t want to see Tyreke succeed. With unique abilities and an impressive skill set, Evans has every tool you want to be an All-Star level talent in the NBA – but his continued regression and stagnation has irritated many of the purple and black faithful – some more than others.
Still only at 22, Evans has a great deal to learn to take that needed next step in the NBA – whether or not he takes those steps, will be up to him and him alone.
I know one thing though – we’re all rooting for him, successful or not.