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Report: Kings will consider offers to trade Tyrke Evans

Jan 10, 2013, 12:54 PM EDT

Tyreke Evans, Tobias Harris AP

Figuring out what the Sacramento Kings are going to do approaching the trade deadline is about like what was going on in any 1990s David Lynch movie (“Lost Highway,” “Inland Empire,” take your pick). It’s futile.

The team is in the middle of sale talks that could move them to Seattle and whatever happens they are being led by a lame duck GM and likely coach. About the only thing that seems to consistently come out of there is that they are not trading DeMarcus Cousins. So stop asking.

Next up on the trade block would be Tyreke Evans, and there something could happen, reports the Sacramento Bee.

In terms of movable assets, salary cap considerations, and shaking up the roster, that means the next man up is Evans. Having passed last fall on offering an extension, the Kings next summer can tender a one-year, $6.9 million qualifying offer that would make their fourth-year veteran a restricted free agent….

The Memphis Grizzlies, who are aggressively attempting to shed payroll and are shopping small forward Rudy Gay, have made inquiries. The Lakers and Denver Nuggets have long been intrigued. So have the Boston Celtics.

Evans seems more comfortable at the two guard, where the Kings are playing him more this season (after having him a the one and the three the previous seasons). Some of the teams on the list above could use a two, but he doesn’t bring the outside shooting that teams like Memphis or Los Angeles need.

There are a few things that could get in the way of any Evans trade. For one, Evans will be a restricted free agent next summer so teams don’t want to give up a lot of assets for a guy they can just offer a deal to next July (the Kings could match any offer).

Then there is the health of his left knee. He has missed 16 of the last 20 Kings games with a sore knee, although neither team doctors nor a specialist found specific issues like bone chips or what have you. I don’t doubt he had knee pain, which leads to the question of why?

But Evans said he was being cautious about playing injured because he knows he’s a free agent next summer.

“Definitely,” he said, forcefully. “That’s why I sat out so many games. I wasn’t going to come back until I was ready, near 100 percent. You have to think about that. But the knee feels good now, it doesn’t hurt. I just want to get back out there and start playing like I can.”

We’ll see if the Kings move Evans. Wherever he lands will be a better organizational situation for him than what he is leaving in Sacramento.

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    we will give you holiday, hawes, nick young for evans and cousins

    • shaner329 - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      Yeah dude that’s a great idea, let’s definitely trade our franchise player for sure!

    • goraidersgospurs - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      Only thing I can tell you is tyreke is from Chester,PA which is not far from Philly, so I know he wouldt mind playing for the Sixers!!!

  2. nygdriveforfive - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Calderon, eddie d, barny, and ross for evans/cousins.

  3. phillysportfan96 - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Never heard of this tyrke evans guy.

    • moseskkim - Jan 10, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      didnt know tyreke was from tyrke? is that funnier? i dunno lol

  4. nbascreed - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    I really hope that whoever lands him will put together a 2-3 year plan to DEVELOP his game. It’s clear that he has the talent, but I can’t help but think that Sacramento isn’t the best organization for actually developing a pro. I look at guys’ like Jimmy Harden and Rusty Westbrook or the whole San Antonio roster for the last 10 years and think to myself “that’s what player development is…”

  5. jburrell4 - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    ‘Inland Empire’ was 2006. How about ‘Wild at Heart’ (1990)? Sadly, DL’s filmography is far more interesting than the King’s possible trade deadline moves.

  6. mungman69 - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    The high school where Evens played his four years was only in existence those four years. Just sayin.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      The house Evans built, and destroyed?

  7. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Nobody wants Evans before they try to get Cousins along with him. But good luck Seattle trying to trade Evans with all the injuries and coach Smart’s horrible lack of continuity in the backcourt.

  8. gpatrick15 - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    The Lakers have nothing that would interest to trade for Evans. Their frontcourt seems intact, so long as Robinson continues to develop and Cousins gets out of his own way. So a trade of Gasol for Evans likely wouldn’t interest the Kings. The Celtics can offer up a decent package, but nothing mindblowing. The most reasonable offer would be Gay for Evans, but then that doesn’t make either team any better, and might make the Grizzlies a little worse in the short term. So even that trade doesn’t entirely work. If he gets traded, look for a team to swoop in under the radar and make a much better offer than the teams listed above. The only question is what team and what player(s).

  9. gpatrick15 - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Like nbascreed said, he needs a place where he can develop. We saw in his rookie year that he could play, but Sacramento isn’t the best place to develop one’s talent. I feel that both Evans and Cousins would strive in a more stable environment, with a no nonsense coach and an owner/front office who would put the right pieces around them. It shouldn’t take 3 years to see which position he plays best yet.

  10. Corey Jeppesen - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    GO SONICS! Can’t wait!!!! Thanks for the team Sac!

  11. Michael - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Explain to me how a better ‘organizational fit’ will improve his ability to shoot the ball. The organization doesn’t pass him the ball or decide when he shoots it.

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 10, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      Players generally play better when comfortable, but agree that the outside shot is an issue.

  12. raystaypaid - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Inland Empire wasn’t from the 1990s

  13. Mr. Wright 212 - Jan 10, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    No one wants him.

  14. edwardemanuelson - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Once again, and I’m glad to see more fans recognizing this, there is pretty much 4 or less franchises that can really handle these two. Being a Spurs fan, Cousins’ skill set, height and salary are exactly what they need. His attitude can be changed. He needs a winning culture to develop. If the Kings and other bottom feeding teams had different personnel, they would not be the vicious cycle that they are.

    Does anyone honestly think Pop can’t get the max out of either of these guys? Anyone else think he wouldn’t need even 2 seasons to do it?

  15. cmart0907 - Jan 10, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    The kings need too clear they whole roster! They have nothing but ball hogs!
    Marcus Thornton
    Isaiah thomas
    Jimmer fredette
    Tyreke evans
    Demarcus cousins
    They have too many high volume shooters! Trade everybody and start over fresh!

  16. m3dman3 - Jan 10, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    You would give up Jrue Holiday for Tyreke Evans…. Ha ha thank God you ain’t no GM in the NBA your team would be a laughing stock.

  17. midwestwarrior - Jan 10, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    if the picture above is at a kings home game, then they have no excuse for whining and crying about losing their team when the entire upper deck in that picture is empty. only bandwagoned the team for a couple years from 2002-2004 or so

    • dko83 - Jan 11, 2013 at 3:45 AM

      wow good eye. No wonder they want to move the team. Could’ve been a preseason game though..

  18. prophetspeakes - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Evan Turner, Nick Young & Royal Ivey for Tyreke Evans & Jason Thompson!

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