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Sacramento Kings give Tyreke Evans one-year qualifying offer

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Kings guard Tyreke Evans will be a restricted free agent this offseason. (USATSI)
Kings guard Tyreke Evans will be a restricted free agent this offseason. (USATSI)

Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans was the 2010 NBA Rookie of the Year. At that time, it looked like the Kings had found their new franchise player. He wasn't a great shooter by any means, but he seemed nearly impossible to stop when he was going toward the basket. He drove the lane constantly and racked up only the fourth rookie season in NBA history averaging 20 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Since that phenomenal rookie year, Evans has been a huge disappointment. He has had a decline in scoring, rebounding and assist averages in every season of his four-year career. But the potential is still there to become a really good player. The Kings are still keeping their options open by offering him the one-year qualifying offer that makes him a restricted free agent this summer. From the Kings:

The Sacramento Kings today extended a qualifying offer to Tyreke Evans, making him a restricted free agent, according to Kings General Manager Pete D'Alessandro.

This is a smart move by the Kings. It allows them to see what the market is for his services before they start deciding on whether or not they want to bring him back to the team. While his impact has declined, his shot selection and shot-making have improved. He's just not the overwhelming offensive force that he looked like he was becoming his rookie season.

The Kings will be able to match any offer sheet that Evans receives from other teams, or they can work out a deal with him. He can also just sign the qualifying offer, play out the year and become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

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