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Tyreke Evans is not cool with how the Kings have handled him

Apr 22, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

Tyreke Evans Getty Images reports:

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.

via Sam Amick’s post on Basketball | Latest updates on Sulia.

And of course, Evans is up for an extension this summer.

The Kings drafted Evans, played him at point guard, watched him earn rookie of the year, even as everyone said he was poor fit at point guard. Then they moved him to shooting guard, watched him struggle, and became concerned, then drafted Isaiah Thomas and Jimmer Fredette, and started wheeling him out at small forward some. The results have been less than impressive. And now the Kings are clearly considering moving on, building behind DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas and whoever they pick up in the draft. And it’s hard to blame them as Evans drifts, takes too many pull-ups, and fails to effectively run in a system.

But at the same time, there is more than one way to run point guard. You can be a table-setter, a distributor, a scorer, or a corner shooter. You can be a combo guard, a pure point, a scoring point, an initiator, a finisher. It’s all in how the offense is built. You can’t help but wonder if Evans had been drafted somewhere with a cohesive system, with coaching that was stable and a better plan for the future if things would have worked out well. But those things wouldn’t have changed his leadership issues which have brought questions.

For Evans now, it’s about trying to establish where his career goes. It’s not hard to see him being unable to adjust to team’s adjustments to him, and flaming out. It’s also not hard to see him going somewhere with better coaching and with some motivation, and taking over to a certain degree. Evans remains an exceptionally gifted athlete with the ability to run an offense, even if the results so far haven’t been good enough. Someone is likely to unlock the mystery. It just seems every day more and more like it won’t be Sacramento.

  1. dmo84 - Apr 22, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Go get him Kahn! I don’t know what the Wolves would give up. Our first rounder(if Utah makes the playoffs), and anyone other than Love, Rubio, and Derrick Williams. Does anyone know if Eric Gordon is going to be a free-agent?

    • gmen4life33 - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      Article says hes up for extension and Kings look like they will let him walk, so you wouldnt have to give up anything but $

      With that said, you guys already have Rubio (great pg but below average shooter), adding Evans doesnt make sense. He can play 2 guard, but he is not good at shooting, and having your pg and sg not being able to shoot doesnt work.

    • gmen4life33 - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      OJ Mayo would fit perfectly with MINN, knock down shooter, tough defense and nice slasher. He is going to be a FA and if you guys get him that would be huge

  2. AlohaMrHand - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    looks like everyone wants out of Sacramento.

  3. lakerluver - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    He’s a pg., he just has to change his game. He could still be a star as a combo guard, sorta like Chauncey Billups. He’s not a great shooter but he can get to the rim with the best.

    • gmen4life33 - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      Billups IS a great shooter, and a great leader, so no he cant be “sorta like” Billups

    • 4thquartermagic - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      Lol with that logic Blake Griffen can become sorta like Shaq. “He’s not a great shooter but can get to the rim with the best.”

      Billups = Highly Underrated

  4. mytthor - Apr 22, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    There’s no reason that with effort (which IS a question), Evans could be an effective PG in the Tony Parker mold. I HATE Parker, but he’s one of the most underrated players of the last 15 years.

  5. smcgaels1997 - Apr 22, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Let’s see..can’t shoot..doesn’t pass..doesn’t run a team well and
    your only obvious skill is you can get to the basket consistently…that’s on you bud to grow and mature as an NBA player. None of which he has mad at yourself pal not the Kings coaches and GM.

  6. 00maltliquor - Apr 22, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    I know nobody can see this, but Sac Town gots some really nice pieces and a seemingly bright future. I like their squad a lot, but Evans just needs to STFU and just concentrate on ballin’ and play were the coach needs him to play. Isaiah Thomas is a better PG and Marcus Thornton is a better player (yeah that’s right, I said it!) so he should play at SF. He’s 6”6/ 220+ and the other two afforemention guards are midgets, so he better get used to that position.

    That being said, there should be no way in hell the Kings should not pick up that extention, that would be insane, he’s got a ton of upside and was the R.O.Y. for cryin out loud. He’s just going through growing pains. He should be part of the future no question though. I just HATE how he’s being a big f’n baby about how he’s being featured and wants to feel like the Man instead of being a team player. That’s just today’s prima donna btchasss players we have to deal with.

  7. 11jlacy - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    The new orleans hornets need to get this guy fa real tyreke the real deal

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