The Sacramento Kings drafted Tyreke Evans with their first round pick in 2009 with the hopes that he'd emerge into an All-Star leading guard. While Evans did earn Rookie of the Year honors his first season and has steadily improved season by season, there's no guarantee that he'll still be in Sacramento much further down the line.
Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated filed this report.
The 2009-10 Rookie of the Year is no longer considered the centerpiece of the Kings' new core, with that distinction clearly belonging to second-year center DeMarcus Cousins. Evans is eligible for an extension this summer but it's looking unlikely to be offered unless he shows major improvement.
Evans, who has one season remaining on his rookie contract and could be a restricted free agent next summer, simply doesn't shine like he did in his debut. And if the Kings are convinced that Evans is likely gone after next season, they might be willing to move him for someone who can help expedite this slowest of rebuilding efforts.
Evans has not progressed to the point where he could be considered a franchise talent for the Kings. He still is too dependent on his outside jump shot, which isn't particularly an efficient spot for him.
Still, it would be shocking to see the Kings let go of Evans, specially since it's unlikely they'll get equal value for him. A more preferable option might be tending a smaller contract than the likely max deal they will probably hand to DeMarcus Cousins down the line.
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