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Evans is a good player, but with him entering free agency it may not be worth it for the Kings to invest a lot of money into keeping him.
This category is made up of players who shouldn't be with the Kings following this season. This is for a couple different reasons: they could have expiring contracts and aren't worth re-signing or they could be under contract beyond the season, but the Kings would be better off just cutting their losses.
Putting him in this category implies that Evans isn't worthy of being on the Kings.
That's simply not the case. He's a solid but not great player.
The problem is that with him being a restricted free agent following the season, it's going to cost the Kings a decent amount of money to retain Evans. It's debatable whether he's worthy of a big extension, and chances are he'll receive an offer that the Kings wouldn't want to match.
Furthermore, the Kings have a lot of roster spaces locked up into the backcourt and, although Evans has the size to play the 3, he hasn't played well when getting minutes there.
He's also dealt with a lot of nagging injuries—nothing too major, but injuries that are problematic enough to make re-signing him unappealing.
Lastly, for whatever reason, he hasn't improved much since his Rookie of the Year season. That could change in the future, but it's a gamble, and the Kings can't gamble considering the money they'd have to invest in Tyreke.
Garcia's been a good teammate and a consummate professional during his eight seasons with the Kings. But the organization can finally get out from under his lengthy and expensive contract by declining his team option for the 2013-14 season. Doing so would save the Kings $6.4 million, as well as clear up a roster space for a younger, cheaper player with more upside.
Johnson's rookie contract expires after the season, assuming the Kings don't give him a qualifying offer. With the qualifying offer slated for $3.95 million, it's too steep to pick up given Johnson's one-dimensional game and the roster spot he occupies.
Because of the logjam in the backcourt, there's really no place for Aaron Brooks. He's recently fallen behind Isaiah Thomas and Jimmer Fredette on the depth chart at point guard. There simply aren't enough minutes to go around for three point guards, which means something has to give.
Given Brooks' lackluster season, he's likely to pick up his team option for 2013-14, which is worth $3.4 million. Even if it comes to that, the Kings should just work out some sort of a buyout with Brooks. At 28 years old, he's unlikely to get better, and given the improvements we've seen from Jimmer Fredette between year one and year two, the Kings would be better off tying their future to him as a backup point guard.
Honeycutt has a team option for $900K for next season. One could argue the Kings should pick it up considering how inexpensive it is.
The problem is that Honeycutt has played a total of 115 minutes over two seasons in the NBA.
If he can't get on the court given how bad the Kings have been the last two years, it's unlikely he'll see a dramatic increase in playing time next year. The team would be better off going in a different direction and seeing if it can get a contributor for that roster spot.