The Sacramento Kings -- with the ownership situation uncertain -- appear not to be players this week as the NBA trade deadline looms Feb. 21. General manager Geoff Petrie has plenty of players receiving interest around the league in DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans, but the team is not expected to take on any salary, per Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee.
Don't hold your breath. "It's very unlikely we'd move any of our top players at this point," basketball president Geoff Petrie said. The unsettled ownership situation has put deals on hold. The Kings' most desirable player is Cousins, but even before the ownership situation became uncertain, the Kings weren't dealing him.
Evans is averaging 15.3 points and 3.2 assists per game and is on the final year of his rookie contract. He has a qualifying offer of $6.9 million to make the talented guard a restricted free agent this summer. Evans is in his fourth NBA season, but is still just 23 years old and has shown that he can score at will in the league. He averaged over 20 points per game his rookie season, but has seen his scoring averages dip in each following season. A major item to note though: his shot attempts have gone down while his shooting percentages have gone up. Evans is shooting a career-high 48 percent from the field and that's well above his 44 percent career average.
With the Kings likely to sit out at the trade deadline, the impending free agency of Evans -- this summer -- will be even more interesting.