Many teams are interested in Sacramento Kings free agent guard Tyreke Evans, and one of them include their NorCal rivals, the Golden State Warriors (per Sean Cunningham of News10).
Why they are interested in Evans is a mystery to me. The Warriors have two bona fide starters at the two-guard and small forward positions in Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes, and if Evans wants to revert back to playing point guard, some guy named Stephen Curry already has that spot covered.
The only reason they would acquire Evans is if they somehow convince Dwight Howard to come to Golden State, and send either Thompson or Barnes along with Andrew Bogut to the Los Angeles Lakers in a sign-and-trade deal. That, however, is a long shot.
Since he is a restricted free agent, the Kings will have a chance to match any offer by another team for Evans. The Kings presented Evans with a qualifying offer last week.
Evans averaged 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 65 games last season, but has taken a step or two backwards since winning the Rookie of the Year in 2009. Part of that had to do with former head coach Keith Smart moving Evans to a forward or an off-guard position instead of point guard, where he has performed better.
While the Kings wouldn’t mind re-signing him at a fair price, the interest in Evans is mounting quickly. James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom reports that as many as 17 teams are looking at Evans.
The New Orleans Pelicans met with Evans yesterday and have already presented him with a contract offer. Evans is also slated to meet with the Detroit Pistons later today.
So with all that in mind, the Warriors are unlikely to land Evans, but anything can happen.