Greivis Vasquez is Great Return for Tyreke Evans, Sacramento Kings
For Sacramento Kings fans, things have been coming along pretty nicely since the draft.
Ben McLemore, arguably the draft's best player out of Kansas, fell to the Kings at No. 7. We thought Tyreke Evans' departure would leave a sour taste, but we were pleasantly surprised by the sign-and-trade with the New Orleans Pelicans that yielded a solid player in point guard Greivis Vasquez, per USA Today.
General manager Pete D'Alessandro is on fire so far in his Kings career after coming over from Denver; he's 3-for-3 in personnel decisions, having signed Carl Landry to a four-year contract, per ESPN.
The sign-and-trade, which will also bring Terrell Harris to Sacramento, cannot become official until July 10.
Vasquez comes from New Orleans having averaged 13.9 points, 9.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game in 78 games played last season. While he's not the greatest shooter with an average of 43 percent, he's a fine facilitator. In fact, he ranked No. 1 in the NBA last season with 704 total assists.
At 6'6" and 211 pounds, he has the prototypical size of an NBA point guard. For this reason, expect to see the Venezuelan get the starting nod and Isaiah Thomas be the backup. There's still a logjam at the position with Jimmer Fredette still in the picture, but it should be a bit more clear now.
While he is a good facilitator, Vasquez isn't the fastest player on the court and has been known to struggle defensively against better guards. He also ranked No. 7 in the NBA last season with 247 total turnovers, good for 3.1 turnovers per game.
The man likes to take risks with the ball. With a 2.88 assist-to-turnover ratio, Kings fans will be lenient with him. Vasquez and his passing speciality should make guys like DeMarcus Cousins happy, as he will get more of the ball.
And considering money makes the world go 'round, Vasquez's $2.1 million salary for 2013-2014 is easy to swallow for the Kings.
But Vasquez shouldn't be the long-term solution to the point guard position. He's better suited to the backup role off the bench. While he shouldn't be the starter on a good team, he's still a solid player and will get the job done for Sacramento.
Sacramento should still be looking at free agents, because the job is not done. Having John Salmons by himself clearly will not cut it. D'Alessandro almost made his first mistake by signing Andre Iguodala to a $56-million contract, but thankfully rescinded it after Iguodala took too long to decide whether or not to sign, per Yahoo! Sports.
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