Summer Trade Review: Western Conference
Thursday , Aug , 29 , 2013 Hoopsvibe

Summer Trade Review: Western Conference

Everything you need to know that changed this summer in the Western Conference.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Get educated kids. It's about to all get started and you don't want to be the only one that doesn't know what team Jrue, Tyreke, Andre, Dwight, and Eric now play for.

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Sunday , Apr , 22 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

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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Sunday , Apr , 15 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Andres Nocioni on Tyreke Evans: ‘Incredible talent’, bad attitude

Andres Nocioni on Tyreke Evans: "I can't really say what I want to say because I'm on TV... Incredible talent, but I think teams sometimes should be tougher on the younger guys. What he brought to Sacramento was trouble in the locker room and that doesn't take you nowhere.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Andres Nocioni, for better or worse, tells it like it is.

The veteran swing -- who is currently out of the NBA after getting released by the Philadelphia 76ers earlier this season -- never pulls punches. (In fact, this could be why Nocioni doesn’t have a job.)

It’s especially telling that Nocioni publicly called out Tyreke Evans, the talented but underachieving swing for the Sacramento Kings. He has nothing to gain by doing so.

According to Nocioni, the Kings are dysfunctional, in part, because team officials never held Evans accountable for his disturbing behaviour.

The implication is this: the Kings are struggling because they tolerated Evans’ poor judgement off-court, shot first mentality on-court, and me-first approach with teammates.

Like so many things, timing is everything. This summer, the Kings will be able to open negotiations on a long-term pact with Evans, who has up to two years remaining on his original rookie contract.

The feeling is that the franchise is satisfied but hardly thrilled with Evans. And the cost-conscious Maloof brothers, who own the team, won’t offer him a max’ money contract.

In today’s NBA, this is a slight. Most stars wants superstar money. Anything less is seen as a lack of respect by the player and his entourage of yes-men.

So this summer’s contract talks this summer between the Kings and Evans could foreshadow whether the team and player stick together or break up.

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Wednesday , Mar , 14 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

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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Monday , Jan , 02 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: DeMarcus Cousins asks Sacramento Kings for trade?

“He can only have so many chances and something has to be done.  And it’s time something has to be done.”  Westphal is not sure if Cousins will travel with the team on their two game road trip that begins on Tuesday in Memphis.  He did say that Cousins needed to do some “soul searching” and that he hopes that, “DeMarcus has a change of heart and joins up with full reinstatement, that’s really up to him and I hope that.”


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: There are conflicting reports on whether DeMarcus Cousins demanded a trade.

However, there’s little doubt the young big does not fit with the Sacramento Kings. Cousins, who is not with the team, has a longstanding feud with coach Paul Westphal and doesn’t gel with guard Tyreke Evans.

Last year, he was suspended, reprimanded, and told by management to change. And the second year post supposedly came into the season in better spirits.

Until this.

Unfortunately, GM Geoff Petrie is in a bind. Teams will lowball the Kings with trade offers, knowing they want to move Cousins and minimize the distraction.

Of course, Cousins is young, skilled, and was taken with a high lottery pick, so the Kings have much invested in him and will want something back.

Bottom line: this dispute could continue for some time.

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Sunday , Sep , 04 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Tyreke Evans on Jimmer Fredette: He`ll take pressure off me

“He’s definitely going to take pressure off of me,’’ said Evans. “There’s a lot of attention drawn on me, so now, with him on the floor, he can shoot from anywhere.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s the difference between being good and average in the NBA.

Good players want to play with other good players and aren`t concerned with positions, while average players will avoid good players if they anticipate a clash at a position.

So, the Sacramento Kings must be breathing a massive sigh of relief when reading Tyreke Evans’ comments that he’s excited to play with lottery pick Jimmer Fredette.

It wasn’t always this way.

A month or so ago, Evans appeared puzzled by the selection of Fredette as the two are hybrid guards and the pairing, at least on paper, seemed awkward.

Evans has had a change of heart. Instead of getting caught up on what these two can’t do and positions, he’s now thinking of what they can do.

For instance, Fredette’s jump shot will punish opposing defences when they double-team Evans or any King.

Evans also realizes Fredette’s cult-hero status will help the Kings re-connect with Sacramento after nearly moving to Anaheim last spring.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Aug , 27 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Tyeke Evans flashes his handles

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Reports had Tyreke Evans spending the summer refining his mediocre jump shot. Clearly, the Sacramento star has also put in work on his handles.

Watch the video, form an opinion on Evans' dribbling at a recent Pro Am Event, and get at HoopsVibe News with thoughts in the comment box below. 

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Jul , 31 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Tyreke Evans Confused by Jimmer Fredette Pick?

But a month after the draft, Evans also has some questions: Is he still the Kings’ starting point guard? Or, is he being moved to shooting guard to make room for the heralded rookie? Team officials gave Evans no answers after the draft, and they can’t speak to him until after the lockout ends.“I don’t know how we are playing it,” Evans said. “Am I going to be the point? Is he going to be the point? At the end of the day, whatever one they lead me to, I’m just ready.”


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: There’s basketball. And there’s the business of basketball.

Tyreke Evans should understand the Sacramento Kings picking Jimmer Fredette in the first round of the 2011 Draft was part basketball and part business.

Sure, Fredette can play. Yet nobody is sure how his silky smooth jump-shot will exactly fit with the young, talented, and temperamental Kings.

Some of these questions have been compounded by the lockout, specifically the cancellation of summer league which would’ve provided a sneak peak at Fredette running sets with many of his new teammates.

The Kings selected Fredette, in part, for his off-court appeal. He’s already a cult-hero and such status will help a frustrated Sacramento fan base re-connect to the club after their near move to Orange County.

While there are concerns about Fredette’s on-court game, few have concerns about his off-court game and ability to sell tickets.

Even Evans shouldn't be confused by this.
--Oly Sandor

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Sunday , Jun , 26 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Tyreke Evans likes new addition JImmer Fredette

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Everything can change in a year. Just ask Tyreke Evans.

Last year, Evans was the darling of the NBA, a co-winner of the Rookie of the Year award and the face of the up-and-coming Sacramento Kings.

Then he got caught in a less than ideal video. He struggled with injuries, conditioning, and DeMarcus Cousins. Not surprisingly, he and the Kings suffered.

Today, Evans is wiser. There is also renewed hope around the Kings. They’re staying in Sacramento and drafted cult-hero/sharp-shooter Jimmer Fredette.

Click the video below and listen to Evans’ thoughts on his newest teammate. 

--Oly Sandor.

Agree or disagree? Well, get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below.

The top 5 fantasy basketball disappointments (2010-2011 edition)
Friday , Apr , 29 , 2011 J.N.

The top 5 fantasy basketball disappointments (2010-2011 edition)

Everyone should be preoccupied with the playoffs. I’m still here licking my wounds because I finished near the bottom three in my pay league. I had to pay up. I knew I was out after the fourth week of fantasy basketball losing most of the categories. I wasn’t just losing. I was getting blown out. I started looking at my roster, piece by piece. Lessons learned. Here are the guys that I am staying away from.

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Sacramento Kings to Anaheim, California? Wow.
Friday , Mar , 04 , 2011 J.N.

Sacramento Kings to Anaheim, California? Wow.

Southern California could form the trinity of NBA basketball:  Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Anaheim Kings. I prefer Anaheim Royals since the Kings have been already taken by some hockey team in Los Angeles. The Maloofs can name the team “Anaheim Surfers” if they want. That would be all forms of awesome. Their uniforms would be made out of hemp promoted by Disney. What’s not to love? Black players with blond hair and white players with long blond hair unite. I’d pay to see that.

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Sunday , Feb , 13 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

A Royal Mess: Cousins fights Greene over pass to Evans?

Sacramento Kings rookie DeMarcus Cousins got into an altercation with teammate Donte Greene after Cousins didn't get the ball on the final possession of a 99-97 loss to Oklahoma City Saturday night, two league sources said, with one source adding that Cousins was not allowed to join the team for its flight to Phoenix for a game Sunday night.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: If you haven’t figured it out, something is wrong with the Sacramento Kings.

Very wrong.

It’s bigger than who takes the last shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder. It’s bigger than coach against player. It’s bigger than two blue-chip talents losing their cool after a tough defeat.

The Kings are in a power struggle: Tyreke Evans versus DeMarcus Cousins. Last year’s Rookie of the Year against the temperamental but talented fifth overall pick from the 2010 draft.

Evans is used to having carte blanche or total freedom with the Kings’ offensive sets, while Cousins, who has played well of late, has recently been voicing his displeasure with this arrangement.

Take last night’s loss to the Thunder. Cousins wanted the ball for the final shot. He was unhappy with teammate Donte Greene for passing directly to Evans, who missed a game-winning three-pointer.

Cousins let Greene know how he felt after the play on-court and in the locker room before post-game interviews. Cooler heads did not prevail on the team plane, where an altercation between Cousins and Greene took place.

For now, Cousins has been removed from the team. It remains to be seen if this is a short or long-term punishment.

Here’s what we know: something is off with the Kings. Perhaps it’s the team’s young stars. Perhaps it’s Coach Paul Westphal. Perhaps it’s the team’s uncertain future in Sacramento. Perhaps it’s all three. 

However, it’s time for veteran executive Geoff Petrie to take control. Enough is enough. If Westphal must go, so be it. If Cousins must go, so be it.

Things are far trickier with Evans. Yes, he’s a potential superstar, but his play has been mixed in 2011 and he has made poor choices on-and-off court.

Giving up on the 20-year old swing could be a colossal blunder. Given the right situation, he could blossom into an elite, crème de la crème type player.

In Sacramento, Evans is part of the problem. Not the solution. Right now, Petrie needs solutions –even if there’s not an easy one to be had.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jan , 01 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Sacramento’s Christmas Miracle: Tyreke Evans’ half-court heave

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Good for Tyreke Evans. Good for the beleaguered Sacramento Kings fans.

Late last week, the Kings and Memphis Grizzlies were locked in a close battle. With seconds remaining, the Grizzlies pulled ahead 98-97 on an OJ Mayo floater.

Game over, right? Well, wrong.

Evans alertly grabs the inbound pass, takes one dribble, and converts a miracle heave to win the game. Hopefully, this is the start of a turnaround for Evans, who has been bothered with foot troubles, and the lowly Kings.

The best part of Evans’ game-winning shot: teammate Donte Greene comes off the Kings’ bench and is celebrating on-court before the ball is in. Green, it seems, had faith.

Watch Evans’ game-winning shot and get at us with thoughts on Greene's reaction in the comment box below. 

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Dec , 06 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Derrick Rose breaks Tyreke Evans` ankles

 HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Even the other team’s fans went nuts. 

Last week Derrick Rose crossed-over Tyreke Evans with such ferocity that Sacramento Kings fans couldn’t help gasping.

Their collective gasp is being replayed over-and-over again on youtube and internet highlight reels. Check out the clip and get at us with thoughts on Rose breaking Evans’ ankles. 

--Oly Sandor.    

Sacramento Kings’ Reke and Cousins have work to do.
Saturday , Sep , 04 , 2010 J.N.

Sacramento Kings’ Reke and Cousins have work to do.

Reke Havoc is the talk of the organization. He should be. Tyreke was one of four players (MJ, Oscar, and LeBron) to average 20-5-5 in their rookie campaigns. The Kings were dead last in the Pacific Division going 5-11 and 16-36 against the Western Conference.  Their overall record was 25-57 in 2009-2010 making them the second worst team in the Wild West. That doesn’t inspire any confidence, but Reke is fun to watch, right?

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Sunday , Aug , 01 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Watch Video: Tyreke Evans arrested for reckless driving

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Call us crazy, but getting arrested is not good.

Getting arrested for reckless driving when you're the NBA's Rookie of the Year is really not good.

And getting arrested for reckless driving when you're the NBA's Rookie of the Year and discovering there's a video of the ordeal making the rounds on youtube is really, really not good.

Such is life for Tyreke Evans, David Stern's premier freshman in 2010.

Evans - who supposedly has a team of mentors and advisors - was arrested after getting spotted by a police plane racing a friend through Sacramento like he was the star of 2 Fast 2 Furious, and not an NBA team.

Evans only wishes this nightmare was a movie.

Click the video below and get at us with thoughts on Evans' arrest.  

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Aug , 01 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

No Way Jose: Why Colangelo and Toronto can’t trade Calderon

"My future will be known when Toronto and my agents make a decision," Calderon said. "They are working daily for the best solution for me and the franchise. Now, there isn't anything new to say."

Calderon is Toronto's highest-paid player with the departure of All-Star Chris Bosh. He'll make $9 million this coming season, but his contract increases to $9.7 in 2011 and $10.5 million in 2012.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: One man's junk is another man's, well, junk.

It's no secret Toronto Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo is having difficulty trading Jose Calderon and the remaining three-years and $30 million on his contract.

After all, Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Bobcats exposed Colangelo and Calderon when 'His Airness' pulled an audible in mid-air and cancelled a trade to acquire the Spanish point guard in July.

For a variety of reasons, Calderon could be staying put:

1) The recession is lingering. A lockout is coming next July. In this economy, few teams have the resources or desire to assume Calderon's big-ticket.

2) The teams that can afford Calderon want better value. For instance, he's earning star money but - with his poor defense and health - is really a reserve.

3) The league is stacked with point guards. Last year, Tyreke Evans, Jonny Flynn, Stephen Curry, Brandon Jennings, Jrue Holiday, Eric Maynor, Ty Lawson, and Darren Collison entered the league, and proved they could start or come off-the-bench.

Two years ago, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, D.J. Augustin, Jerryd Bayless, George Hill, Mario Chalmers, and Goran Dragic were drafted and have also shown they can play.

These young table-setters, who are tied to cheap rookie contracts, have killed the trade market for expensive veterans like Calderon.

4) Calderon thrived when Toronto played an up-and-down system. Back then, offensive basketball was enjoying a brief renaissance.

Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns aside, the renaissance is over. Defense is in demand, which means Calderon - the NBA's worst perimeter defender - is not.

So Colageno could be stuck with Calderon, a player he supported, paid, and has turned on. Things could get awkward if Calderon is in Toronto for 2011.

All will be noted by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the wealthy holding company that owns the Raptors, when Colangelo's contract expires next summer.

And the organization will not have any of these difficulties cutting ties with their underachieving executive.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Jul , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Video: Tyreke Evans, OJ May, and Derrick Rose ‘put in work’

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: They’re putting ‘in work and watching their status escalate’.

While some players enjoy ‘The Life’ during summer, Tyreke Evans,OJ Mayo, and Derrick Rose,  – three rising stars in the NBA - are refining their skills in a hot, dusty Los Angeles gym with trainer Rob McClanaghan.

Kind of refreshing when compared to the hoopla (pun intended) of the last few days, right?

Take a peak at the video below provided by Dimemag.com and get at HoopsVibe News with comments and thoughts.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jun , 02 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Amen to ‘Team Tyreke’

"He said, 'I didn't know how fast I was going. I didn't know this or that.' I said, 'I'm sure you didn't know, but you've got to be smarter than that. You're 20 years old, you're independent, and you've got to make better decisions. What if you hurt somebody, or what if you hurt yourself? I don't care how late you were. You call and say you're going to be even later.' He's sorry he did it."

Julius, who is also known as "Doc," wasn't done with the phone call. He posted a message on his Twitter account Tuesday morning (approximately 11 a.m. Pacific time) saying he had told Evans he must apologize
to the Kings and their fans. Evans, who could not be reached by FanHouse for comment, responded to his brother's demand less than an hour later, with the message on his account reading, "Apologies to fans, the Kings and my fam for bad decision making. Driving is a privilege & speeding was a mistake. I've def learned my lesson."

Which is exactly why "Team Tyreke" exists in the first place.

While many NBA players have entourages or extensive networks of family and friends, few -- if any -- are like the Evans bunch. They've been helping him learn lessons, and avoid these types of mistakes, from the time he was a rising young talent back in Chester, Pa. While he was dominating AAU tournaments, putting on a four-year show at American Christian Academy in Aston, Pa. and later starring in one season at the University of Memphis, they were creating a structure that was geared toward maximizing his talent and helping him avoid missteps on the path to prominence.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This is what more young NBA stars need.

Instead of having a team of yes men who give into his every whim, Evans has legitimate mentors. There's a difference. Yes men won't say no because they're afraid of upsetting their meal ticket, while mentors have lives, life experience, and always serve the best interests of the person they work with.

Evans should be thankful for 'Team Tyreke'. After all, how many talented players have faltered because they had a posse of yes men instead of mentors?

Consider that Eddy Curry, Zach Randolph, and Antoine Walker have recently been in the headlines for off-court transgressions. This wasn't their first time in the news. And perhaps their fates would be different if a team of advisors were in place. 

With his mentors, Evans, the reigning Rookie of the Year, will learn from this incident and be better for it.

Got thoughts on Evans' speeding ticket and Team Tyreke? Let us know in the comment box below.

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Friday , Apr , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

NBA Names Tyreke Evans Rookie of the Year

Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings is the recipient of the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy as the 2009-10 T-Mobile NBA Rookie of the Year, the NBA announced today.

Evans received 67 first-place votes (491 points) from a panel of 123 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Golden State’s Stephen Curry finished second with 391 points and Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings finished third with 204 points. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.