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Will in limbo Kings make deadline trade? Can they?

Feb 2, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

Tyreke Evans, Isaiah Thomas, Thomas Robinson, Chuck Hayes AP

The state of limbo surrounding where the Sacramento Kings will play next season looks like it is going to trickle down to the roster.

As in, don’t expect any changes or big moves from the Kings at the trade deadline. With a lame-duck GM (no matter who owns the team by next season) and a lot of big organizational questions to yet be answered, the Kings are not going to be making a big move.

DeMarcus Cousins was never on the block — that was a fantasy of fans and other teams that covet him — but even a more logical Tyreke Evans deal is unlikely, reports Marc Stein at

As for Evans? Word is the Grizzlies would have loved to acquire him as part of the big trade that sent Gay away, but the Kings really aren’t in a position to take on salary as they await clarification on who’ll be buying the team from the Maloof brothers.

A couple of teams consulted have volunteered the notion that Kings GM Geoff Petrie is ready to move Evans, but you have to wonder how much shot-calling Petrie can do at the minute. The greater likelihood is that the Kings don’t do anything at this deadline unless it saves money or comes in cash neutral.

Evans is a restricted free agent this summer and the Kings new ownership — whoever it is — may just let the market determine Evans next contract and decide if that is something they want to match. The former Rookie of the Year has not lived up to the promise of that season but has come closer to it this season than any since that first campaign.

Look for the Kings to be quiet in the front office while lawyers in suits get paid hundreds of dollars an hour to argue over where the team will play its games next season, Seattle or Sacramento.

  1. cantonbound13 - Feb 2, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Bulls should trade for Evans. Rose & Evans would be a sick back court.

    • eugenesaxe - Feb 2, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      Sick as in often unavailable due to injury? Sure, but that isn’t exactly desirable…

    • qpoiu1 - Feb 2, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      The bulls need someone that Derrick Rose can kick out and consistently hit 3 point shots and plays defense…Tyreke Evans is not a consistent shooter

      • cantonbound13 - Feb 2, 2013 at 9:20 PM

        He’s another guy that can take guys off the dribble & he’s a good passer. It would take a lot of pressure off Rose, teams can’t double him & make him pass the ball. That’s their biggest problem when they play the Heat.

      • borderline1988 - Feb 2, 2013 at 10:32 PM

        Yep, Evans and Rose would be a terrible combination…both guys need the ball in their hands to be effective, and both aren’t consistent long-distance shooters.

  2. brotherlove2012 - Feb 2, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    The Bulls need someone like JJ Redick. He would be very useful for them.

  3. saint1997 - Feb 3, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    I want Tyreke to play with Eric Bledsoe. I don’t know how, but I want to see it happen

  4. liddogg33 - Feb 3, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    I can’t wait to watch D Cousins and T Evans in key arena next season!!!

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