Could Sacramento Kings Trade Up with Charlotte Bobcats for No. 2 Pick?
At the right price, absolutely.
A popular idea growing among the Kings is swapping Tyreke Evans for the pick from Charlotte. The Bobcats need a scorer badly, and Evans still has the potential to be a scoring star. But he became a pariah with the Kings faithful this season after he failed to make any big improvements to his jumpshot.
Would Charlotte trade the pick for Evans? It's certainly debatable, but it would make sense for both squads in a way.
The Bobcats need a top scorer, which Evans still could become. The Kings could use the No. 2 pick to take Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, a multi-talented wing from Kentucky who many feel is the second most talented prospect in the draft.
But some obvious hurdles remain. Evans' stock fell this season after his inconsistent play and rumors surfaced that the Kings would listen to offers for him. Would he be enough to get the No. 2 pick, or would the Kings have to add?
Would the Kings have to ship out Evans and the No. 5 pick to trade up with the Bobcats? At that point, the deal makes no sense for Sacramento. That No. 5 pick could very well end up being Kansas' Thomas Robinson or North Carolina's Harrison Barnes.
While Kidd-Gilchrist is the better prospect out of the three, he is not worth Evans plus one of those players. If Charlotte demands considerably more from Sacramento besides Evans, it wouldn't be a good trade for the Kings.
I'm not as low on Evans as many Kings fans are. Certainly Evans' lack of a jumper is a problem, but he's quickly becoming under-appreciated by Kings fans.
As I wrote in this piece, I believe that if the right deal comes along, Evans is certainly movable, but his departure should not be a priority for Sacramento.
If the Kings can swap Evans for the No. 2 pick, that would be a fair trade for both teams. But not if Charlotte demands too much more in return, especially if they ask for the No. 5 pick as well.
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