NBA Rumors: Allowing Tyreke Evans to Hit Free Agency Would Be Unwise of Kings
According to NBA.com (via CBS Sports reporter Matt Moore), the Kings are not likely to offer Evans an extension in the offseason, stating that "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."
Moore then goes on to state:
Evans has been on the cliff for months, and with the deadline just a little over two weeks away, it makes sense they're backing off. It doesn't mean that Evans won't remain a King, but it will enable him to test the market, or fail to successfully do so. That's the gamble the Kings are making.
Granted, Evans has declined since winning NBA Rookie of the Year honors in 2009, but we are still dealing with a very talented player. At 6'6'', 220 pounds, he handles himself like a guard while leaping with forwards.
Evans is averaging 18.2 points, 5.3 assists and 4.9 rebounds through three NBA seasons. His scoring average has dipped every year, but that's also because of the situation he is in. Sacramento hasn't made a concerted effort to build around him. Instead, building the team in every odd direction.
That's not to say Evans is perfect. For every outstanding slash he makes to the hoop, he struggles from the outside. He doesn't take care of the ball as well as he should, and he carries himself recklessly at times, but are the Kings in any position to be picky?
Say Evans hits free agency. It's hard to believe that someone would not take a chance on him, considering it's not that big of a chance. At 23 years old, he possesses world of upside.
What should the Kings do?
If he walks for nothing, the Kings are sufficiently worse on both ends of the floor. Trading him, while still not a great idea, would at least bring something in exchange for his services.
Evans is one of four NBA players to ever post a 20/5/5 slash line as a rookie. Finding a position for him is a good problem to have, and a good coach will figure out how to make it happen. As he matures, Evans may even make the decision a little easier.
Allowing a player with Evans' physical abilities, who is just a few years removed from an astonishing season, is craziness. A team like the Kings cannot afford to let young players walk, especially when he's a key cog in their uptempo attack.
If Evans completely bombs in 2012, maybe you consider it. Until then, be happy with what you have. If you're not, someone else will be.
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