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Report: Kings will listen to offers for Tyreke Evans

Apr 26, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

Tyreke Evans, Wesley Johnson AP

Tyreke Evans was the NBA Rookie of the Year, and attacking combo guard who seemed to have a bright future as an anchor for a rebuilding Sacramento Kings team.

But his game has stagnated. Part of that is due to injuries (he is now healthy again), part of it is how he fits in and gets his shots in the Kings offense. He was a point guard, but that wasn’t working out and now he’s being tried out at the three. In the seemingly rare moments he works off the ball or attacks in transition things go well, but he gets most of his offense in isolation and he is shooting just 33.7 percent in that situation (via He wants the ball in his hands, the Kings want the ball more in DeMarcus Cousins’ hands.

So the Kings will listen to trade offers for Evans as he enters the fourth year of his rookie deal, reports Ailene Voisin at the Sacramento Bee.

“I don’t think it’s any big secret,” Princeton legend and longtime Kings consultant Pete Carril said the other night. “Tyreke’s got to learn to play without the ball. It’s all there. I see some games, and he looks very good. Other games … he just has to work harder. I’d love to see him develop a mid-range game.”

This season Evans shot 28 percent from 16 feet out to the arc and 21 percent from three. After his rookie year he hasn’t shot better than 33 percent in any area once he gets outside the restricted area around the basket (via

Because of the flaws in Evans’ game teams are going to lowball the Kings with offers. It’s going to be hard to make a deal. The Kings will want return based on a guy who was the Rookie of the Year and can attack the rim with a vengeance, but other teams will face the Kings problem of trying to see where he fits in a roster.

The bigger problem comes in a year when Evans rookie deal is up. He will want to get paid like a Rookie of the Year but may find nobody really sees him that way anymore.

  1. loungefly74 - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    great…another problem for the Kings. these are the type of players/picks teams should be building around.

  2. jamesbmckay - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Kings should have left TE at the PG where his size advantage gave them a significant advantage especially because he can drive so effectively. So instead they’re going with a 5’9″ PG and giving opposing teams an advantage. While I like IT’s game and his speed, having a 6’7″ PG to be is more of an advantage. Typical Kings rebuilding forever move. And p.s. the Maloofs SUCK!!!

  3. AlohaMrHand - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    The kings are intentionally trying to suck to kill fan interest in Sacramento making it easier to move to Anaheim.At least that’s how it seems.The Maloofs have already pissed off the fans by backing out of a deal ( which the NBA agreed was a fair deal) and the war of words has escalated in recent weeks.Why not totally kill fan interest so they can present to the other owners their proposal to relocate.Their platform will be see not only can’t the city get an arena deal together the fans don’t support us here.This is what’s happened to the Expos

  4. 69jaredallen69 - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Wolves will give you Wes Johnson and Derrick Williams

    • drunkenjunk - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      really? I’d much rather have Williams.

  5. smcgaels1997 - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Evans is the issue..3 years and still can’t shoot..he is failing to evolve this isn’t the Kings fault ..for how much talent he has..he’s not growing and that not all on the coaches

  6. borderline1988 - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    He’s still a fantastic prospect but he better mature quickly.

    The guy clearly doesn’t work hard enough – with his skill level, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be able to hit jumpers after 3 years in the league. That’s all about hitting the gym in the off-season and listening to good shooting coaches.

    The fact that he plays so poorly off the ball – that’s all a mental thing. With his quickness and strength at the PG position, he should be a force setting picks, getting position down low, cutting to the basket, etc.

    He’s a bit of a diva, and hopefully this teaches him that he better pick it up.

  7. paintman34 - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Magic need to think about this if they are keeping dwight

  8. thebigcaptain2011 - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    It’s hard to listen to offers when no one is calling……except for maybe the Bobcats.

  9. juanandonly24 - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    You people are silly if you really think that an Isaiah Thomas/Cousins duo isn’t better than a Tyreke Evans/Cousins one going forward. Isaiah actually plays the point how it’s supposed to be played, and despite being undersized, is actually a decent defender. He’s actually progressed in his short NBA career, whereas Tyreke Evans has declined in his much longer one.

  10. fm31970 - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Kind of ironic that Cousins was the “immature, lots of potential” guy a few months ago, and now it’s Evans. He was the only star (and I use that term lightly) on the Kings in his rookie year, so he got the ball a lot, and it worked for him, but he clearly needs to improve his shooting. That’s something which can be improved with effort and practice, so that makes me wonder if he wants to improve, or just wants out.

    I like the fact that the Kinds have decided Cousins is the man and they intend to build around him, as he seems to have responded to the added responsibility and embraced that role.

  11. sasquash20 - Apr 27, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    Ah Sixers send Iggy there for Evans. Evans has one year left on his deal and if it doesn’t work out peace. Then we would have no Iggy and no Evans. It seems like a lose-lose, but it really would be a win-win.

  12. fanz928 - Apr 27, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    Magics get him bowers

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