Poll

Is Tyreke Evans worth a four-year contract worth $44 million?

Leading Off: If Evans stays a King, make good use of him

Published: Wednesday, Jul. 3, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 - 11:31 am

Tyreke Evans might have anticipated a little more hoopla and interest around the NBA when he became a restricted free agent.

After his Rookie of the Year season in 2009-10, he probably figured his Kings career trajectory would have led to more than the four-year, $44 million offer the New Orleans Pelicans have laid out.

But after that starburst of a season, in which Evans averaged 20.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists playing mostly point guard for a bad team, he found himself playing mostly shooting guard and small forward the past three seasons.

His statistics in all three categories dropped year by year, as did his playing time. The player who many thought the Kings would build around was on the floor 31 minutes per game in 2012-13, meaning he was sitting the equivalent of about a quarter-and-a-half each game.

It can be argued that the Kings' use of Evans and their role in his development as a pro has been slightly ham-fisted.

As for the Kings' effort to keep Evans in Sacramento, one can argue that they're doing what they can to keep the market calm, saying little that might drive up the price for him and thereby moderating whatever offer they would need to match.

If Evans remains with the Kings, let's hope the smarts displayed in keeping the team in Sacramento are exercised to make the best use of a player who still might be the star many anticipated not long ago.

What to watch

Baseball, A's vs. Cubs, 7:05 p.m., CSNCA: A's starter Bartolo Colon goes after 12th win of season.

Today's poll

Is Tyreke Evans worth a four-year contract worth $44 million?

• Yes

• No

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Tuesday's results

Why have U.S. athletes struggled in international events?

• Fewer talented U.S. athletes: 9%

• International athletes have caught up: 39%

• Combination of both: 52%

Total votes: 90

Call The Bee's Brian Blomster, (916) 326-5512. Follow him on Twitter @b_blomster.

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