Now, two years of disappointment have led to fans clambering for Evans to be traded, and rumors are the Kings will be shopping him this summer.
If the right deal comes along for Evans, or any Kings player for that matter, Geoff Petrie should pull the trigger. But the general belief that the Kings should actively seek Evans' departure is foolish.
I'm as disappointed in Evans' stagnant jump shot as anyone. Evans needs to dedicate himself to improving his offensive skills while also learning to play off the ball. There can be no question that Evans holds a ton of raw talent, and that he is in charge of developing it.
But we shouldn't mistake that responsibility as Evans' alone. Rather, the Kings organization needs to bear the responsibility for Evans' production, and fans also need to realize that their unrealistic expectations of Evans since his rookie year are a big reason why they want to see him out of here.
Most importantly, the Kings can't trade Evans now when his value is down. That would be a dreadful basketball move, and one that would set the franchise back even further on their quest to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006.
Let's take a look at five key reasons why the Kings would be foolish to trade Evans, and why fans shouldn't be so eager to see him leave.