With the DeMarcus Cousins trade that happened, literally right after the NBA All-Star game, that is just a hint of what is to come before the Feb 23rd trade deadline. The Cousins trade consisted of the Kings trading away Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and their 2017 first round and a second-round pick to Sacramento. Aside from the blockbuster trade, the Kings also had to waive Matt Barnes to clear some room on the roster.
Aside from Hield and Galloway, Tyreke Evans is who everyone is talking about besides Cousins. Evans an SG/SF is currently averaging 9.5 PPG 3.5 APG and 3.3 RPG. Not the best stats, but that is because he has been dealing with some injuries, he just came off his third right knee surgery in nine months. Last season Evans was averaging 15.2 PPG and 6.6APG. When Evans is healthy that is where he excels the most.
After this trade, there is a lot of speculation on where Evans would end up. Evans would most likely get a buy-out of the Kings, and he would then enter free agency. But what teams would negotiate a contract with him?
LeBron thinks that the current roster is just not complete. He, himself had requested a backup point guard and another playmaker. With rumors going around about Iman Shumpert possibly going to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Tyreke Evans can easily make those rumors disappear.
Why give up Shumpert when the Cavs can easily pick up Evans without giving up any assets? Evans has the ability to create space, get to the line and get the whole team involved in getting the W.
The Wizards have one of the league’s best backcourt duos in superstar John Wall and Bradley Beal. They also have Otto Porter Jr. who is at the 3 but with the Wizards recent uprising, the Wizards should seek Tyreke Evans. With John Wall’s dominant playmaking abilities, Wall does an excellent job of creating openings for his teammates, and with Evans in addition that would lead Evans to efficient cuts to the basket.
Evans is an excellent ball-handler who can create his own offense and find his teammates as a facilitator. Whether he was to start or come off the bench, Evans would be a vital addition to Washington’s one-man offense.
Maybe Evans stays in Sacramento all along? In recent news, the Kings GM Vlade Divac said that there was no plan to release Tyreke Evans, at the moment. Many people are expecting the Kings to buy-out Evans, but do not be surprised if he also stays in Sac-Town. The Kings may have even more players available, and they may not be done before the trade deadline.
Without DeMarcus Cousins, a player that you think of when it comes down to the Kings is Veteran point guard Darren Collison. Collison is currently on a one-year deal, so if the Kings want to keep changing things around, they may want to trade Collison before his contract expires just for the Kings to get something in return. Collison won’t be a big-name free agent this summer, but he will be one of the few available starter-quality options for teams looking for playmakers. Really, any player could be had from the Kings for the right price.
Arron Afflalo, Ben McLemore and even Kosta Koufos. None of them are quality starters, but they can help a team make a potential playoff push. For Tyreke Evans and the Kings, it’s all about the future. If the Kings make more trades not involving Evans, they may need to keep him at least for the remainder of the season.