Recently sports sites and editorials have suggested that the Kings should consider trading Tyreke "ROY" Evans.
First off, this would be more premature than George Maloof's "nocturnal" activities at the Playboy Suite in the Palms. For a second, lets look 3-4 years in the future. Hopefully the very skilled and incredibly bright owners of our beloved Kings have removed their "cabezas" from a local bovines posterior and we have an arena in downtown Sacremento that the most loyal fan base in the league can take pride in.
As for the NBA lets look at the Western Conference might look like at that time. The Thunder are going to be the perrenial powerhouse at that point and any team wanting to win a championship out West will HAVE to go through them. However, Kobe Bryant and Pao will be in their late 30s as will Dirk Nowitzki. Tim Duncan, unless he pulls a Ponce De Leon, and discovers the fountain of youth will probably be an NBA retiree meaning that 3 of the best teams in the league WONT have that super star player they have had the luxury of having over the past decade. The Clips will have Griffin and Paul but they are also owned by Donald Sterling which shouldnt get anyone too excited even though he did bring in arguably the best PG in the league and we have a "fame addicted reality show starlet" representing us at the draft lottery this year....so TOUCHE!!!! The Grizz should have a decent core for years to come which should keep them competitive as long as Z-Bo doesnt go back "Cheeseburgers and Milkshakes" and Marc Gasol stays pasty and hairy. However, no one should get excited about Houston, Utah, Phoenix, or Minnesota....hell, the Kings win 10 more games this year and they would have been in the hunt.
This brings us back to OUR Kings. I think all of us will agree that Demarcus has the potential to be one of the best big men(if not THE best) in the league for years to come. Only a handful of NBA bigs can effectively guard him and that list will get smaller and smaller as he progresses.......please remember how old he is and some of the things we saw him do this year. We have that pure scorer in Thorton which EVERY team needs and the best pickup the Kings have made in years in T-Will who provides SO MANY intangibles that this team lacks(remember he was the 11th overall pick in the 2009 draft, and we got him for nothing) Thomas was a huge surprise but next year will determine his long term potential.....which i hope is similar to someone like Damon Stoudemares. You cant help but love the guy, but im not sold on his long term viability as the starting PG on a contender. I would hold on to Whiteside and Jimmer as well(since someone needs to buy fish tanks in Sac and I enjoy seeing hickees/curling iron burns on Jimmers neck during timeouts), but everyone else is expendable at this point since they have either hit their ceiling(Thompson, Hayes, Salmons, Garicia) or we have no idea what their ceiling is (Honeycutt, Outlaw, Donte)
This leaves us to Tyreke. He is immensely talented and is ONLY 22 YEARS OLD. Oh and here are the last ten ROYs in the NBA(Steve Francis, Mike Miller, Gasol, Amare, Lebron, Okafor, CP3, Roy, KDurant, Derrick Rose) I mean, name a guy who is that young who cant get into the lane and score with such ease at times like he can...the list is pretty short. Not alot of guys in the league can do some of the things that he does. Does his jump shot suck??? Same answer as "Is George Maloof a financial genius?".....does Tyreke look lost at times?... Same answer as "do Joe and Gavin look retarded in Volcom hats?"....is he truly a leader on the court....yeah, not really seeing it but then again, maybe he doesnt need to be. Bottom Line; He has been a product of his environment and his environment hasnt been stellar. Westphal gave him a "do whatever the f*** you feel like Reke, i really dont care" which was hugely detrimental to his development. He then went from playing PG to SG and now to SF in a three year period, got injured, AND has to adapt to a new coach and style.....give the kid a break if he looks lost. Once again HE IS 22 YEARS OLD...how many 22 YEAR OLDS HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT IS GOING ON MOST OF THE TIME ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY LIKLELY HAVE 30 DIFFERENT PEOPLE TELLING THEM 30 DIFFERENT THINGS!!!!!!!!
And even if we do trade him, what vet could we get that somehow takes us to the next level??? Dwight Howard aint coming to Sac......neither is Deron Williams. Rajon Rondo??? Yeah, Danny Ainge has no reason to do so. Vets like that want to play on contenders and we are there yet. And even though i am sure people can think of trades that would work, name one young player in the league with as much upside as Evans who would be available.
The lockout hurt the Kings because they didnt have a training camp and their coach got fired a month into the season...and even though that wouldnt have been a big deal to a veteran laden team, you have one of the youngest teams in the league full of college aged kids trying to figure s*** out. Yeah, that is going to turn out about as well as the idea to build a casino that ISNT EVEN ON THE LAS VEGAS STRIP!!!!!!!!!!......i, kid, i kid
In closing please revisit my initial point that trading Tyreke is a mistake. Right now, you have a decent but INCREDIBLY young core and with any developing team, they need time to play together, mature together, and grow together. Listening to the players give interviews it seems they are sold on Keith Smarts system and if you can get them to buy into that, watch out. Smart is a good coach, knows the league, and more importantly the way the game works. Lets also remember that HE is fairly new to the head coaching ranks but his players respond to him(Jimmer has developed this season), he seems to be always be as positive as he can, they seem to consider themselves a family, and they LIKE EACH OTHER(Demarcus putting on Smarts jacket at the end of that game and trying to coach shows that). Now if you throw in a couple of good(and lucky) drafts in the next two years on top of the continued development of the existing players(by the way, we should get someone like Peja or Glen Rice or Chris Mullin to be Reke's shooting coach....and we need Peja to do a Good Feet commercial because the Yellow Cab/Mike Lamb commercial make me want to stab myself in the knee cap) Then add a couple of shrewd veteran pickups who fill a specific role since our vets are terrible(No offense to Cisco, Salmons, or Outlaw but those are not the types of NBA players for young guys to look up to) and we should be in the hunt in a few years.
So, hold your horses Kings fans.