It’s been no secret that New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony has asked for a second scoring option as the team prepares for the offseason.
Could that scorer come in the form of Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans?
Evans is a player that has been on the Knicks radar before as several reports noted that the Knicks had a deal in place for him this past season but didn’t pull the trigger due to not wanting to disrupt chemistry.
Being that the Knicks will have little options in terms of improving via free agency and very little resources to do so via trade, a player like Evans may be the Knicks best chance to improve when it comes to scoring.
Evans at 23 is younger than anyone on the Knicks roster not named Iman Shumpert and has a ton of talent. He averaged 15.2 points a season ago and boasts a career scoring average of 17.5 points to go along with 4.8 points and 4.8 rebounds.
Despite his production, Evans seems to have fallen out of favor in Sacramento, which could make a deal a possibility.
He is a guy who can play either guard position but his quickness, ball handling ability and ability to finishing at the rim would represent an upgrade over current point guard Raymond Felton.
However acquiring Evans wouldn’t be easy.
The Knicks are not permitted to do a sign-and-trade for a free agent this season to go after point guard Chris Paul or any other player because they are over the luxury-tax threshold. That leaves the only option for Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald is to make a regular trade. While center Tyson Chandler, Felton, Shumpert and Steve Novak are his best trade chips, there are other options.
The Kings can offer Evans a qualifying offer worth $6,927,157 which means some combination of Novak, Felton, Marcus Camby and Ronnie Brewer’s trade exception could be enough to entice the Kings to move Evans, a player they seem anxious to get rid of.
To improve this team at all, Grunwald is going to have to get very creative.
With the lack of resources they have, they likely won’t be able to target a player much better than Evans.
Now we will see exactly how creative Grunwald can get and if Anthony will ultimately get his wish.
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