After an impressive first season with the Sacramento Kings, combo guard/forward Tyreke Evans became arguably one of the best young players in the league with an extremely bright future in Sacramento. With the Rookie of the Year award in the trophy case and single-handedly turning the Kings back into a force to be reckoned, Sacramento was considered a team on the rise with Evans leading the way in the backcourt.
The versatility of Evans’ game was clear and all the Kings’ front office had to do was surround him with talent in the years to come, but despite bringing in potentially All-Stars like DeMarcus Cousins, Jimmer Fredette and Marcus Thornton, Evans failed to play at the level he did in his rookie season with the Kings.
With Sacramento seemingly ready to move on with Cousins as the future face of the franchise, Evans has become expendable and officially on the trading block in Sacramento.
That being said, the rumors have started to circulate about potential teams interested in the 22-year-old guard. The one team that seems most interested in Evans thus far is the Toronto Raptors.
With the Raptors still trying to recover from the loss of perennial All-Star forward Chris Bosh (Miami Heat), Toronto is looking for the right pieces to the puzzle in order to become a legitimate playoff contender once again. Evans is apparently on their radar moving forward along with two-time NBA MVP point guard Steve Nash.
It is uncertain at this point what the Kings will be asking in return for their former Rookie of the Year, but it will have to be substantial with Evans’ potential and young age of 22. Sacramento might be willing to part ways for a younger piece or draft picks from Toronto, but the Raptors won’t be the only team in the running for Evans.
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