Tyreke Evans’ name is consistently getting tossed into trade rumors, and it doesn’t help that his Sacramento Kings are just 4-10 this season. Will the young guard be traded at some point in the near future?
Evans, after getting selected fourth overall in the 2009 draft, burst on to the scene as a rookie, averaging 20.1 points, 5.8 assists and 5.3 rebounds in 37.2 minutes per game. It was one of the best rookie seasons we’ve ever seen in the NBA.
However, the 23-year old guard has regressed since that season. He averaged 17.8 points, 5.6 assists and 4.8 assists in his sophomore season, then went down to 16.5/4.5/4.6 in 2011/12.
Evans started out this current season even worse, but has picked up his play over the last week or so. He’s scored at least 18 points in five straight games and has is averaging 21.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists in that span.
If he manages to keep this kind of production level up, there’s no chance the Kings will want to deal Evans.
Evans has been helped out tremendously by the promotion of Aaron Brooks into the starting lineup for Sacramento. He’s moved ahead of Isaiah Thomas on the depth chart and seems to have much better chemistry with Evans in the backcourt.
This will be an intriguing situation to track. If Evans regresses even a little bit, and Sacramento continues to lose, then they may have no choice but to let Evans go in order to try and get some other pieces.
The frustrating thing is the Kings do have a lot of nice young talent on their roster. DeMarcus Cousins is one of the better big men in the league, and guys like Marcus Thornton and rookie Thomas Robinson have skills, too. They just didn’t seem to all click on the court together, but it seems like Evans has been the primary scapegoat unfortunately.