Can Tyreke Evans Really Help the Lakers?
According to The Sacramento Bee (h/t Fox Sports West), the Kings are reportedly shopping around guard Tyreke Evans, and the Los Angeles Lakers may be interested, but I can't understand why.
After six straight losses, the Lakers are quickly approaching a point where they will have to consider making changes to their roster, but how does Evans' skill set make the Lakers any better?
Although Evans did average almost six assists per game during his Rookie of the Year campaign, it would still be a stretch to call him a true point guard, and it would be silly to think the Lakers would acquire Evans to back up Steve Nash.
Evans' 6'6" height makes him a natural fit for shooting guard. Unfortunately, in order to be a shooting guard, you actually have to know how to shoot, and Evans' 25.8 percent career percentage from three-point range suggests he struggles in that arena.
Evans is a strong penetrator and a decent rebounder, but when healthy, the Lakers are already one of the league's top rebounding teams, and Nash has no problem penetrating opposing offenses off the dribble.
The Lakers could definitely use Evans' athleticism, but there are lingering concerns over a left knee injury that has bothered him most of the year, and between Nash's leg, Howard's shoulder and back and Gasol's head, the Lakers have enough injury concerns as it is.
Furthermore, what exactly would the Lakers have to lose in order to acquire a player like Evans? Certainly not Gasol, and it's doubtful the Kings would accept any combination of the Lakers' nondescript reserves as compensation for Evans.
The Lakers may be forced to make a deal to save their floundering season, and their major bargaining chip will likely be Gasol, but not for a player like Evans.
The Lakers will never get equal value for Gasol, but if they do trade him, they should at least get a player who can hit a jumper from the perimeter in return.
Toronto's Andrea Bargnani may not be my first choice to start a Lakers revival, but he is certainly a much better place to start than a miscast Evans.
The Lakers are struggling to find solutions for their numerous issues, and that environment may breed a sense of desperation. The knee-jerk reaction to acquire Evans reeks of such desperation.
It may be too early to give up on the Lakers right now because a slim chance still exists for them to turn their season around. However, signing Evans would be a sign that that this season—and maybe the future—is lost because it will confirm the suspicion that the people in charge have no idea what they're doing.
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