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Not feeling the Iggy love

First of all, I'll make it clear that I think the team should keep Tyreke and this post will be centered on that idea.

I am not much on board with the idea that the team chase Iguodola and try to sign him in free agency. I understand the value of a guy and the comparisons to Tyreke, and yes, he is a bigger player. However, there are significant issues that should be addressed when comparing the two players.

1. Tyreke is 6 years younger. Ultimately, this is the biggest reason that I am a fan of Tyreke over Iggy. Yes, he isn't as good a defender nor is he really a better shooter or overall team player, but Tyreke is only 24 years old and has shown improvement on the defensive side of the ball and has the ability to improve his game elsewhere.

2. Iggy relies too much on athleticism. Again, my reasons for keeping Tyreke are based on the age argument. While Iggy is no doubt a top-notch defender and a great player without the ball in his hands, he is heavily reliant on elite athleticism to get his points and play the game. While that is a great trait to have, he is 30 years old and on the downswing of his career at this point. I am not saying he is going to suddenly become a poor player (a la Gerald Wallace) this year or even next year, but the man is chasing long term security and more money than Tyreke is seeking. I see it only hurting the team long term to shell out more money for a player that is heading the wrong side of 30 and relies on athleticism to play the game.

3. Tyreke can be had for less money. This is a pretty significant issue as well that, though not a huge concern considering the team's cap situation and new ownership, but one that a responsible ownership group and GM is going to consider. Iggy is probably looking for a deal hovering around $12M a year, while Tyreke can be had for $10M or less, depending on what misinformation his agent is feeding him. Those millions do make a difference, and odds are high that Tyreke will be a better player in years 3 and 4 of any deal than Iguodola will be based solely on their difference in age and Iggy's playing style.

Now, those are my primary reasons that I feel we should hold on to Tyreke Evans and let go of any hope of signing Andre Iguodola. As many have said, they may not be the best fit together on the court, though to be honest I'm not that worried about that as much as I am the long term effects. The Kings could certainly try to sign both, but I feel that is a recipe for NBA purgatory for the next three years followed by more of what we're seeing now: teams bad enough for the lottery but not quite bad enough to get the all-star in the draft. I know it's a tough pill to swallow as fans with a new ownership group trying to clean up years of suckiness, but I think the best bet is to be, well...pretty bad in this upcoming year and get one more solid draft pick next year to really go full in for the rebuild. I just don't see anyone in free agency that is going to make this team great and any trades will very likely come at the cost of the future of the team. Right now, the best bets seem to be centered of moving Thornton and/or Jimmer and finding anyone to fill in at SF while hoping to draft a stud next season. Dumping Outlaw by any means necessary would be a nice move as well but that will probably require taking back some equally terrible contract or sending away a better contributor with him.

(This is a FanPost from a member of the Sactown Royalty community. The views expressed come from the member, and not Sactown Royalty staff.)

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