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Sam Amick reported on Sulia.com that Tyreke Evans no longer wants to play the small forward position that he's been playing in Sacramento.
"So I'm told the former Rookie of the Year who won that award as a point guard has informed the team that he doesn't want to play small forward spot anymore. Add this to the fact that he's not getting an extension this summer and no one in his camp thinks the Kings will pay big next summer when he's a restricted free agent, and you start to understand why he's available for the right price. This Evans situation, in other words, isn't going away anytime soon."
Evans' points, assists and rebounds have steadily declined since his rookie season, mostly due to positional experimenting. He started at SF last season, and was in flux for much of his sophomore season as well.
The 2009-2010 Rookie of the Year, Evans posted 20.1 points, 5.8 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game his rookie season, joining the 20-5-5 rookie club along with LeBron James, Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan.
In an interview with SportsRadioInterviews.com's Chris Fedor, Evans said:
“It doesn’t really matter but if it was my decision I think I’m better with the ball in my hands but I did a good job of learning how to play the three spot, even though that is not my natural position, but I learned a lot of things that towards the end of the season I got better at. I just think it’s getting better and playing different positions and learning new things but I think I’m better with the ball in my hands.”
While the claims have been refuted, rumor has it that the Houston Rockets have offered the Sacramento Kings the No. 14 and 16 pick along with Kyle Lowry for Sacramento's No. 5 overall pick and Evans.