A new era of Sacramento Kings basketball is upon us, and with it comes plenty of changes to the makeup of the roster. James Johnson, Toney Douglas and Cole Aldrich have all moved on, while players like Luc Mbah a Moute, Carl Landry, Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum have been brought in. But perhaps the most highly publicized addition was that of Greivis Vasquez, who was acquired in exchange for Tyreke Evans.
Ever since the Kings drafted Evans in 2009, he’s been a mainstay with the franchise. From the start, Evans’ career looked promising, as he won the Rookie of the Year in 2009-10. But after four consecutive losing seasons, and with Evans eligible for free agency for the first time, apparently the organization felt it was time to move on.
As free agency opened, it became apparent that he was a player the New Orleans Pelicans really desired. The team put on a full-court press for Evans, quickly agreeing to a four-year, $44 million offer sheet. Evans was a restricted free agent, so the Kings had the opportunity to match it.
Yet Sacramento clearly felt the deal overvalued Evans, so instead of matching the offer to retain him, the Kings quickly hammered out a sign-and-trade with the Pelicans. In exchange for Evans, the Kings received Greivis Vasquez. The Portland Trail Blazers, the third team in the deal, got Robin Lopez and Terrel Harris from New Orleans for rookie Jeff Withey. Portland also sent two second-round picks to the Kings.
As far as the Kings are concerned, their real swap was Evans for Vasquez. But now that the deal is official, how does the trade impact Sacramento? What are the positives of the trade? What might be some of the potential pitfalls in losing Evans? To answer those questions, I’ve come up with a list of pros and cons to the Tyreke Evans-Greivis Vasquez trade.