NBA Rumors: What Kings' Pursuit of Kyle Lowry Means for Tyreke Evans

Jay WierengaCorrespondent IJune 28, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 22:  Tyreke Evans #13 of the Sacramento Kings puts up a shot in front of Trevor Booker #35 of the Washington Wizards during the first half at Verizon Center on February 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. 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 Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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According to, sources say Houston is interested in moving up in the draft and have discussed a package to deal point guard Kyle Lowry and picks for the No. 5 overall selection.

The biggest buzz in the run up to the NBA draft has been the Houston Rockets desire to trade for Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard.

They have already made a move to inch their way up to the No. 12 overall pick, dealing Samuel Dalembert to Milwaukee to secure that pick.

They already have the Nos. 16 and 18 overall picks, and presumably, they would package some or all of those picks to move up.

If Lowry indeed is involved in this deal, then chances are the Kings could choose to move disenfranchised guard Tyreke Evans.


A precipitous fall

A lot has changed since since 2010.

That year, Evans burst onto the NBA landscape like a hungry predator, feasting on opposing guards with his impressive quickness and tremendous upper body strength.

He scored 20 points per game as a rookie and dished out more than five assists to go with more than five rebounds per contest.

Kings fans were ecstatic about the direction of their team with Evans at the helm.

What followed were two lackluster seasons in which the team struggled with its own identity.

Evans was often criticized for questionable decisions and a tendency to try to do too much.

His jump shot suffered, and with it, so too did his numbers. Across the board, all of his numbers have gone down, most notably his scoring, which was just over 16 points per contest last year.

Add to that the emergence of Isaiah Thomas at the point, the drafting of Jimmer Fredette and the fact that the team has taken the ball-handling responsibilities out of Evans' hands and moved him to small forward, and you have what appears to be a team looking to deal their promising guard.


The market for Evans

According to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee, the Kings would not be short of suitors should they look to deal the maligned guard.

And even after some struggles the last two seasons I'm told there are still as many as 11 teams that expressed interest in Evans, so he does have value.

There are a number of teams that could use a bigger scoring guard.

Philadelphia, Memphis, Houston, Utah, Atlanta and Portland could all be some of those teams, although Jones did not elaborate on which 11 teams were in the mix.

It is safe to say, however, that Evans' combination of youth and skill could leave some teams salivating.



It seems likely that the Kings will make a move tonight. The Rockets have been bird-dogging their No. 5 overall pick, and the Kings have been predictably mum about who they have designs on regarding this pick.

If they decide to make a move, Evans likely won't be a part of any initial trade.

Rather, based on what they do, they could use Evans as a bargaining chip down the road, perhaps even later this summer.

Evans has plenty of value, and given that he only has a contract that is worth $5.2 million next year and has a qualifying offer the next season of just under $7 million, he would be a value financially.