Carmelo Anthony has complained that he doesn't have a second scoring option on the New York Knicks. This past season the Knicks had discussed a possible trade with the Sacramento Kings that would have landed Tyreke Evans in New York. Supposedly the deal was done but the Knicks chose not to pull the trigger because they didn't want to upset the cohesion the Knicks had formed as a roster. However, now that the Knicks are in the middle of an off-season with limited resources and even more limited options, could they look into bringing Evans to New York again?
The New York Knicks are looking for a second scoring option to take the weight of the offense off Carmelo Anthony's back. Tyreke Evans is one of those players who could not only fulfill that role but also fill a need position for the team. Could the Knicks attempt to land Evans in a trade this off-season?
Evans is a 6'6", 220 pound guard who attended Memphis and was selected fourth overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. When he arrived on the scene Evans looked like a sure-fire star. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team, the NBA Rookie Challenge co-MVP and the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2010.
Evans is listed as a point guard but has the ability to play either guard position. He's known for his quickness, ball handling ability and ability to finishing at the rim. For his career Evans has averaged 17.5 points, 0.4 blocks, 1.4 steals, 4.8 assists and 4.8 rebounds in 34.9 minutes a game with Sacramento.
Marc Berman of the New York Post reports Anthony toed the company line when asked about team needs. That being said, he'd like a second scorer and just more overall talent on the roster.
Anthony was diplomatic and politically correct with the media nine days ago on Trash Bag Day. He stressed a need to get better but was typically vague and indicated he wouldn’t interfere unless summoned.
Asked what the roster needs, Anthony said, “It’s hard to say. I don’t want to jump the gun and say we need this or need that. Let the front office evaluate that. If they want my input, they know how to contact me.’’
The roadblock to the Knicks making a major move is they are not permitted to do a sign-and-trade for a free agent this season to go after point guard Chris Paul because they are over the luxury-tax threshold. Grunwald would need to make a move via a regular trade, with center Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Shumpert and Steve Novak as potential pawns if the GM is so inclined.
Despite his skills, the Kings have seemingly fallen out of love with the talented 23 year old. Instead the team seems to be putting its future in the hands of DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas, while hoping Jimmer Fredette eventually develops. That could leave Evans available for the Knicks.
This off-season the Kings can offer Evans a qualifying offer worth $6,927,157. Could the Knicks use a combination of Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, Raymond Felton and/or Ronnie Brewer's trade exception to land Evans?
It's possible and the fact the Kings are under the cap by a little under $4 million helps because they could take in more than they send out. Now it remains to be seen if Glen Grunwald can rekindle the talks and land the talented point guard.
The Knicks absolutely coveted Evans the year he was drafted. Now that Evans is a restricted free agent he may be available. Evans shot 48% from the floor on a hard to watch Kings team. He's very good at getting to the basket which is a major weakness for the Knicks. He has all the tools need to be the complimentary player the Knicks are looking for. The fact Evans will only turn 24 in September doesn't hurt either.
Grunwald will have to be creative in order to land any significant talent this off-season. If the Knicks are going to land the established second scorer to play next to Anthony he'll have to be. That being said, a player like Evans could very well fit the bill for New York. If they could land Evans he'd certainly be an upgrade to Felton on both ends of the court.
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