UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, at 11:38 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
The Kings reportedly are open to moving Tyreke Evans, according to NBC's Aaron Bruski.
Aaron Bruski @aaronbruski
Kings are open to moving Tyreke Evans, Aaron Brooks, as reported by a few of you guys including @mr_jasonjones.2/21/2013, 4:26:00 PM
Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine
Latest word out of Boston: Celtics making deadline-day run at player they've pursued before ... Tyreke Evans2/21/2013, 4:31:02 PM
The Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones went on to report that Tyreke Evans is expected to remain with the Kings.
Jason Jones @mr_jasonjones
Just told Tyreke Evans won't be dealt today by person familiar with the situation. Kings leave for ATL in about 90 minutes2/21/2013, 4:37:04 PM
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The 2010 Rookie of the Year started his career off with a bang as he averaged over 20 points with 5.8 assists per game. Since then, he has progressively scored fewer points per game each year.
His assist numbers also dropped and he was moved away from point guard to make room for Isaiah Thomas.
The team is now willing to listen to offers, although he still is unlikely to be traded, according to Marc Stein of ESPN:
A couple of teams consulted have volunteered the notion that Kings GM Geoff Petrie is ready to move Evans, but you have to wonder how much shot-calling Petrie can do at the minute. The greater likelihood is that the Kings don't do anything at this deadline unless it saves money or comes in cash neutral.
It seems that the future is uncertain for almost everyone involved with the organization after the Maloof family agreed to sell the team (via Fox Sports).
This is good news for the guard, who says he wants to stay where he is. When Jabari Young of CSN Philadelphia asked Evans if he wanted to be traded, he responded:
"Not really. I’m good. I like playing for the Kings. I’d love to be here."
While this was not the most emphatic of responses, it is certainly better than asking out of his situation.
Despite his faults, Evans is still a very talented player with a bright future. He is currently averaging 15.1 points per game, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals.
He is also playing more efficiently than he ever has in the past. He is shooting a career-high 47.3 percent from the floor and he is making 38.3 percent of his shots from three-point range. This is way above his career mark of 26.9 from behind the arc.
In addition, the fourth-year player is only 23 years old and should have many good years ahead of him. If he does not fit in with the Kings, there will certainly be another organization that would love to have this type of production.
This will make him one of the hottest commodities before the trade deadline. Check back for more rumors surrounding Evans as news becomes available.