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Tyreke Evans: 4 Franchises That Desperately Need the Kings' Playmaker
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For those of you who, like myself, believe that the Sacramento Kings have mishandled their potentially dominant point guard, Tyreke Evans, our time has finally come.

NBA.com's David Aldridge has reported that the Kings will "probably not" be keeping Evans around after this season. "Evans has shown flashes in his first three seasons, but not enough to pique Sacramento's interest to give him a deal. The Kings will 'probably not' be offering an extension, a source says."

Drawing Magic Johnson-like comparisons since the day he was drafted, Evans came into the league as one of the most exciting PG prospects in a long time. With a 6'6", 220-pound frame, the Kings' guard towers over smaller defenders and bullies his way into the paint for easy buckets.

Evans torched the NBA his rookie year, blowing out the competition for the 2009-2010 Rookie of the Year Award. Even more importantly, he joined LeBron James, Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan as the only players in NBA history to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in their first season.

However, it's been a steady decline ever since.

Evans found himself with fluctuating minutes and roles, and has been moving between the shooting guard and small forward positions—neither of which he has been comfortable playing.

It's time for one of the league's most underrated point guards to finally find a place to call home.

Here are five teams where Tyreke Evans could find a mutually beneficial situation. 

This does not include teams with:

-A star PG with a long-term contract (Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker)
-A recently drafted lottery pick of a top-five PG (Kemba Walker, Brandon Knight)
-Teams clearly lacking cap space to make an offer (New York Knicks, Miami Heat)

And without further adieu, let's continue.

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