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Report: Kings not likely to offer Tyreke Evans extension

Jun 8, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

Kenneth Faried, Tyreke Evans AP

This summer, everyone from the 2009 NBA Draft class is eligible to have their rookie contract extension. For a guy like No. 1 overall pick Blake Griffin it’s a no-brainer. It’s a no-brainer for No. 2 pick Hasheem Thabeet, too, just for a very different reason.

But what about Tyreke Evans? The Sacramento rookie of the year in 2010 who has since seen his game stagnate?

Sacramento is going to wait, according to a report in the Sacramento Bee.

The Kings are crowded on the wings and depending on how the draft falls they could be looking at taking another wing player — Harrison Barnes, Bradley Beal — at the No. 5 spot in this draft.

Waiting is the smart thing for the Kings to do — you need to see how Evans develops. Or doesn’t. You need to access who is going to be the future on the wings to go with DeMarcus Cousins in the paint.

The bigger question for the Kings really is what kind of team are they going to be, what is their system, and how does Evans fit into that. This has been a screwed up team for a couple of seasons and part of Evans regression is about how he is used — he can attack with the ball in his hands, but how do you best use him?

The Kings can afford to take some time getting there with Evans. You can always extend Evans later if you want to.

  1. Filipe Furtado - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    I d be surprised if Evans is still in Sacramento by training camp and shocked if he isn’t gonna by deadline. Maloofs don’t want to pay him, it is as simple as that.

    • fm31970 - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      I don’t think it’s about paying him as much as it is about how he fits with the team, and what they could get in trade for him. They’re doing the smart thing and waiting, instead of being stuck with him if he doesn’t fit in Sacto.

      • gmen4life33 - Jun 8, 2012 at 6:05 PM

        No, SAC has been anything but smart. Evans was a ROY player at PG, and SAC followed that up by shifting him to SG and ruining it. I understand if they realized the “me-first” style of PG he was wasnt going to work, BUT THEN YOU TRADE HIM, not switch his position. Can you imagine what SAC could have gotten for him after his rookie year? They could have gotten a king’s ransom for the “franchise PG”.

        Stupid, stupid, stupid. Same thing with MEM benching Oj Mayo after his ROY caliber rookie year. If you fall out of love with that type of player, trade him. TRADE WHEN VALUE IS HIGH. They are not getting anything of value for Evans now.

  2. echech88 - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Maybe he gets dealt on draft day. He is talented but I’m not sure him and Cousins together is the type of culture you want to commit to.

  3. b7p19 - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Maybe assess? He’s a good player, but he doesn’t really seem to fit with Sac does he?

  4. acdc363 - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Hasheem the dream!

  5. loungefly74 - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    heres the Kings chance to get relevant again…if they don’t need evans, trade him for a good piece!

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    They can’t afford to pay him, they have to get commensurate ability on the cheap (i.e. the draft).

  7. turnmymicup - Jun 8, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Tyreke Evans is too talented to still be on the Kings. Evans didn’t win rookie of the year in 2010 based off luck. That showed he has the potential. They should trade him for the best deal possible. He just doesn’t fit into the Kings scheme. In this case Sacramento can actually get a very good deal bargaining Tyreke.

  8. 00maltliquor - Jun 8, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    The Kings are idiots. Even if they don’t intend to keep him why can’t they still extend him and make him look better to other teams since he would have more years on his contract? Dude was a 20-5-5 guy a couple years ago, they shouldn’t give up on him especially since their other gaurds are short (Thomas, Fredette, Thornton). Maybe extend him and trade him to the Bobcats for that #2 pick and draft MKG.

  9. bleed4philly - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Future sixer

  10. sigma1575 - Jun 9, 2012 at 4:10 AM

    00maltliquor, you have been hitting the bottle a lot. Evans would not command any lottery pick. He has shot so poorly, he might only bring a pick past #23 or #24. Why would they extend his contract when no team is sure he is still top talent. Other teams would want him ONLY if he has LESS money owed if he does not work out
    Evans won ROY because he took a lot of shots and scored a lot, not because he played PG all that well. He is the same 45% shooter he was in college and he does not defend well at any position. Kings are not often smart but waiting for Evans to show he can improve is wise.
    Teams don’t “fall out of love” with players. Same as with Mayo, players fail to improve or regress and the team is left with hope he will improve or feel they wasted a pick.

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