NBA Trade Rumors: Sacramento Kings Would Be Foolish to Trade Tyreke Evans

Kevin Van PeltCorrespondent IMay 8, 2012

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 21:  Tyreke Evans #13 of the Sacramento Kings looks on during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on February 21, 2012 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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According to the Sacramento Bee, Tyreke Evans will be on the trading block this offseason.

Evans won Rookie of the Year with the Sacramento Kings during the 2009-2010 season, and his career was filled with promise. His last two seasons have seen his career not make any progress, and his stats have slowly gone down.

However, the Kings need to be patient with their young star and not get rid of him so early. Evans has averaged 18.2 points a game for his young career and is a solid NBA player. He averaged 16.5 points a game last season and had a solid year.

The Kings should be more focused on building talent around him instead of getting rid of him. He has shown that he can consistently average 20 points a game and make a difference on the team.

If a change has to be made, it should be with the general manager. For six straight years the Kings have been at the bottom of the Western Conference standings and have not gotten any better outside of Evans.

They should have a good draft pick this year, and if they use it wisely they can start their climb toward the top again. They need to focus on defense this season as they were sixth in points scored last year, but were 30th in points allowed.

They need an interior defender who is also a good post-up player. This will help the Kings win closely contested games and help create more open looks for players like Evans.

Plus, if the Kings think so little of Evans that they want to trade him after just three years, why would other teams offer good players in return? At the most the Kings would be able to obtain an aging player or a player with an expiring contract.

There is no reason Sacramento should be trading someone who can be the future of the franchise. Even if he is not a franchise player, he can be a solid role player for another future star. If the Kings want to become a playoff team again they need to keep Evans as he will be a key piece for the future.