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Tyreke Evans 'not worried' about being traded by Kings

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Tyreke Evans also says he wasn't bothered by not getting an extension from Sacramento.

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN.com's Marc Stein talked to Tyreke Evans recently, and the Sacramento Kings guard -- who is missing games due to a bruised knee -- said he isn't stressing about the chance he'll be traded by the February trade deadline.

"I'm just here to play basketball," he said. "If I get traded, that's what happens."

Evans has been the Kings' best player this season when he's been available. Unfortunately, ever since he knocked knees with Andrei Kirilenko weeks ago, he's been mostly unavailable. That's left a big hole in the Kings' already hole-filled starting five. Francisco Garcia had gotten some starts, and Marcus Thornton started on Friday. If the Kings traded Evans for a non-shooting guard, at least they'll have some experience playing without him.

As Evans will be a restricted free agent as season's end, any team that trades for him will be renting him but will have a huge leg up on signing him to a long-term deal. There should be no shortage of suitors if the Kings do in fact make him available.