Evans Working Through The Drama





HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – We made a lot of assumptions about how the Sacramento Kings feel about Tyreke Evans based on the fact that they reportedly did not intend to offer the former Rookie of the Year a contract extension from his rookie deal.

Evans himself apparently did not.

Despite being mentioned in trade rumors and various other rumblings with free agency on hand, Evans continues to grind away on his game, and per Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee, raise eyebrows while working through whatever drama comes his way:

The Kings certainly aren’t acting like a team trying to trade Tyreke Evans.

Unlike last season when Evans spent much of the summer in Southern California working out, Evans has been in Sacramento working out with basketball president Geoff Petrie and other Kings staff.

Rumors persist involving Evans being traded, the latest being another proposed deal sending him to Houston that no one in our outside of the Kings has validated the proposed deal.

So, Evans is still a King that is working out with his boss.

Petrie is the man that would be trading Evans. Not that Petrie still couldn’t decide to move Evans, but his personal involvement with Evans indicates he is invested in seeing Evans progress.

A lot of the work is on Evans’ jump shot and working on the midrange game (jumpers, pull-up shots, floaters) that has been slow to develop in Evans’ first three seasons.

I’m also told Evans is in good shape (no extended vacationing) and that he’s making progress with his jump shot.

Of course, none of these developments matter in June, but it is progress.

Evans finished the season at small forward, but was never fully comfortable playing off the ball.

Privately, some within the Kings believe the move to small forward was a necessary step for Evans to reach his full potential.

The fact is Evans cannot play with the ball all the time. And in order to enhance Evans’ view of the game, coach Keith Smart wanted Evans to see the game from a new perspective.

The fact that Evans has remained in Sacramento this summer says something about his willingness to conform to whatever position and playing style Smart and the organization is asking him to. It also means that Evans understands the tenuous nature of his position in the franchise he was one believed to be the future face of, a role presumably occupied these days by DeMarcus Cousins.

Evans as a full-time small forward is an intriguing prospect for a Kings team that needs to do whatever it takes to get their best players on the court together.

And Evans, despite all of the drama, remains one of their best players.

14 Comments

  1. Leo says:

    I Say Tyreke Evans Should Head To The Suns . Since Nash Might Leave Phoenix , Suns Would Need A New Star . Tyreke Evans Should Be It For Suns. Suns Need To Rebuild And Head Back To The Playoffs . Evans Could Help Them . Now That Phoenix Got Kendall Marshall , Evans Would Be Great With Him . Aaron Brooks Needs To Re-sign With Phoenix . Same Thing With Shannon Brown . To Me , Evans Heads To The Suns , And Kings Would Sign Free Agent Michael Redd And Robin Lopez . And Also , On Free Agency , Suns Need A Big Man To Help Gortat A Lot . I Say Sign Either Chris Kaman Or Greg Oden . And If Suns Have Time To Get One More Good Free Agent , Sign Kenyon Martin . Starting Lineup For Phoenix Would Be : PG- Kendall Marshall, SG-Tyreke Evans, F-Grant Hill, PF-Kenyon Martin, C- Gortat . Off The Bench PG-Aaron Brooks, SG-Shannon Brown, F-Jared Dudley, PF-Channing Frye, C- Chris Kaman . Suns Back On Action .

  2. Best beats says:

    Tyreke will be better next year and so will the Kings!!!

  3. KCA says:

    I will admit I am pumped on Anthony Davis and the potential for the Hornets. Just an idea that popped in my head if the Kings really wanted to trade him would be to the hornets for the tenth pick and possibly another future pick or jarret jack. I haven’t looked at the numbers but NO could turn around very quickly if Evans is improving as mentioned above. Evans, EG, Ariza, Davis and a center, possibly Kaman, which is kinda doubtful looking back on last season. but to go from having an injured Eric Gordon as your superstar to having 3 possible all stars on your team? wouldn’t be a bad idea. I also like the Charlotte idea. Evans would have full reign of the ball as long as DJ Augustin is moved which I think is a possibility if they brought in Evans or draft Beal at the number 2 spot. would be fairly crowded with Gordon, Kemba, Henderson and either Evans or Beal all needing touches from 2 positions. I think Evans would fit better with the Detroit Redwings then the Chicago Bulls. No idea why anyone would think thats a good idea.

  4. rvlague says:

    is it just me? the 1st kid with the goggles on looks like stephen curry as a kid

  5. DAYVON IS A BEAST says:

    loul deng is on the warriors

  6. antoine says:

    the king need to try to trade him to the bulls along with the 5th pick for luol deng and the 29th pick . he needs to get out of sacramento because they are not using him right and had the nerve to put the ball the last pickin the draft last year . if he goes to the bulls they will use him the right way and we will see how good he really is and with him and rose will be the best backcourt in the league with rose comes back

    • REKE TO BULLS IS A FOOLISH IDEA. EVANS NEEDS THE BALL IN HIS HANDS ALL THE TIME FOR HIM TO EXCELL. YOU THINK ROSE’LL LET HIM DO THAT? BOTH OF THEM NEEDS THE BALL IN THEIR HANDS THATS WHY THEY CAN’T CO-EXIST. I SAW TYREKE EVANS’ PLAY VERY SIMILAR TO ROSE (ATTACKING THE RIM AND DRAWING THE DEFENSE TO MAKE TEAMMATES OPEN), BUT THAT WAS WHEN HE WAS A ROOKIE. IT CHANGED WHEN THE KINGS MOVED HIM FROM PG. YOU’RE RIGHT ABOUT THE KINGS NOT USING HIM THE RIGHT WAY. JUST NOT SURE YET WHAT TEAM HE FITS, BOBCATS MAYBE?? LOL.

  7. GSW15 says:

    The Kings should really consider trading N0. 5 pick, John Salmons and Jimmer to Charlotte for #2 and take on tyrus thomas bad contract pick and draft thomas robinson. the duo of Robinson and Cousins will wreak havoc for years to come, while Charlotte gets a great shooter in Jimmer and alot of roster help and they get Cap flexibility because honestly, Robinson isnt going to do everything by himself in Charlotte. Fill the team with Role players and they can still land a player like barnes or Gilchrist at #5

  8. LA_NATION says:

    This guy is really getting his game up. This is the player the Lakers need to improve. We need to get rid of these athletes we call our “Laker players”. Time for some changes to be made! If Lakers get Evans, we could make an awesome run!

  9. mike says:

    good trqde

  10. GT916 says:

    We’re not trading Reke..I’ve followed my Kings for years and i know for a fact they wont trade him.