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Experience: 3 Seasons
Why He's on the Block
Over the past six months, both Ailene Voisin of The Sacramento Bee and Ken Berger of CBS Sports have reported that Tyreke Evans is on the trade market. Although the offseason has ended, there is no reason to believe that the position-less star will be around for much longer.
Not only is Evans scheduled to become a free agent next summer, but he is a player without a position. As the Kings' young core looks to grow together and reach the level they are expected to play at, it's imperative that every role is defined.
Until Evans is able to thrive at an established position, he remains trade bait.
When a 23-year-old former Rookie of the Year award winner is on the trade market, there is certain to be interest. Although the teams that could be on the prowl are currently under wraps, speculation suggests that there are potential suitors.
The Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks could both find a need for a playmaking perimeter player. They're also in possession of what could be lottery draft choices to entice the Kings to make a move.
The Milwaukee Bucks have taken an offensive initiative by pairing Brandon Jennings with Monta Ellis. The team still lacks a small forward, however, and would certainly benefit from the presence of a slashing scorer.
Evans could fill that role. The Bucks could offer up draft choices, veteran frontcourt players and point guard Beno Udrih if the Kings' current rotation of inconsistency fails to work as planned.
As for the Houston Rockets, Chandler Parsons is solid and Royce White has upside. Parsons appears to be more of a Shane Battier-lite than an elite contributor on either end. White, meanwhile, has far too many questions surrounding him to warrant anything less than concern.
Pair Tyreke Evans with Jeremy Lin and Kevin Martin, and excitement will rise. The offense will be explosive, the fans will be enticed and the season may not be meaningless after all.
2011-12 Season Averages
16.48 PER, 16.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 4.5 APG, 1.3 SPG