Tyreke Evans may no longer be considered a franchise player, but he could still salvage his career in a new environment.
According to Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee, Evans could be traded in the offseason.
Kings executives will entertain trade offers for Tyreke Evans this summer, and they should.
Evans remains a major asset. His team remains in a major funk. When a franchise finishes near the conference cellar for six consecutive seasons, the general manager needs to make significant personnel changes, or the franchise needs to change its general manager.
Evans has shown very little improvement since his brilliant rookie season when he averaged 20 points, five rebounds and five assists. He was only the fourth NBA player in history to average 20/5/5 in his rookie campaign.
Combinations of injuries, off-court issues and a weak franchise infrastructure have bogged down Evans' development. The confidence has also left Evan's game. As the Sac Bee also said:
Excluding the fact that Evans was miscast as the Kings' primary ballhandler during his first two seasons – and that's on former coach Paul Westphal – almost everything about him has yet to be determined. His confidence wavers worse than his jumper. He is uncomfortable in the halfcourt offense and confused about when to cut and when to move. Too often, he admits, he just stands around.
He's a great basketball talent, but at this moment he's not a great basketball player.
Evans is not a lost cause. He just finished his third NBA season and could easily turn around his career if he takes a leap next year.
The question is, will he attempt to turn his career around on the Kings or a new team? Here is a list of four teams that must try to steal Evans out of Sacramento in the off-season: