Report: Warriors offered Monta Ellis to Kings for Tyreke Evans?
While it remains unknown whether Sacramento has shown any willingness to trade former Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans, two sources said Golden State made repeated inquiries about him recently and was prepared to discuss a deal involving Ellis. Evans’ former agent just so happens to be Bob Myers, who was hired as the Warriors’ assistant general manager in mid-April. Evans is eligible for an extension this summer but it appears unlikely that one will be offered to the third-year player unless he shows major improvement. The Kings can simply wait until the summer of 2014 to gauge the market, as he will be a restricted free agent and they can match any offer from other teams.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Golden State’s acquisition of Andrew Bogut and interest in Tyreke Evans was an admission by the Warriors that they weren’t good enough.
They weren’t good enough to contend. They weren’t good enough to make the playoffs. So they made a change.
Monta Ellis – a small, talented, and temperamental guard – was shipped to Milwaukee for the bruising Bogut, who will anchor the middle when he returns from injury.
Bottom line: they swapped sizzle for steak.
Before pulling the trigger on the Bogut blockbuster, the Warriors reportedly offered Ellis to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the physical Evans.
The Kings refused; however, the focus should be the big picture. The Bogut deal and Evans rumor shows that Mark Jackson, the Warriors’ rookie coach, needs to implement his defensive approach.
And the Warriors took a giant step in that direction with the Bogut deal.
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