NBA Rumors: What Kings' Pursuit of Kyle Lowry Means for Tyreke Evans
According to ESPN.com, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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