Rumor: Tyreke Evans and Kings to split?
As @mr_jasonjones noted, Tyreke Evans’ agent, Arn Tellem, made a rare appearance tonight to express his concerns about the former Rookie of the Year’s role. He met with Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie, Evans’ brother, Reggie, and another Tellem rep as well. Source close to Evans says he’s frustrated with how marginalized he’s become. Evans’ reps are encouraging him to be more vocal about his perspective going forward. No extension discussions (he’s eligible this summer), FWIW.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Lost in the arena chatter is the fact that Tyreke Evans is clearly miffed with the Sacramento Kings.
Evans, who posted impressive numbers in his first season with the Kings and was named co-Rookie of the Year, is a specimen at 6-5, 220 pounds.
While physically mature, the pre-to-pro star lacks a feel for the game that often alienates those around him like former coach Paul Westphal and teammate DeMarcus Cousins.
The hope was that Evans would eventually develop, for lack of a better term, a basketball IQ to match his frame, wingspan, and strength. Well, it hasn’t happened. Here’s the question: will it ever happen in Sacramento?
The answer will come this summer when the Kings and Evans start negotiating a long-term pact. The Kings would probably like to keep Evans, but don’t want to pay him anything near the maximum. While Evans, and those around him, will likely demand the maximum.
The difference between the team and Evans’ position will reveal much about the future. Of course, the Maloof family, who own the Kings, are heavily in debt and may not be able to swing a fair extension -even if they decided to keep Evans.
A trade is possible. Evans was nearly sent to the Golden State Warriors in mid-March, but the club preferred to go big and sent Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks for Andrew Bogut.
Bottom line: Evans has talent. Will Sacramento figure out how to use it, though?
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