James Harden has been linked with Suns for some time and now that the Thunder gave Serge Ibaka his extension, Harden wearing purple and orange seems a lot more like reality. However Thunder owner Clay Bennett can always bite the bullet the re-sign James Harden as well despite the luxury tax situation(http://sunngun.com/2012/08/20/harden-closer-to-becoming-a-sun/). What if the Suns don’t get Harden though?
At this very moment it’s a scary thought if the Suns don’t get James Harden, with a lack of young players with Harden’s potential the Suns will pretty much have to bottom out and rebuild through the draft. Fortunately for the Suns the 2014 draft will be much deeper than the 2013 draft coming up and who knows maybe one of the Suns young guns will live up to their potential but hey let’s not go betting our houses on that.
Assuming if Harden somehow winds up somewhere else or does indeed stay with the Thunder the Suns should turn their attention to someone like Sacremento King’s swingman Tyreke Evans. After Evan’s great rookie year and winning rookie of the year honors he seemed like the second coming of someone like LeBron James, a big strong athletic wing who can handle the ball, get to the basket at will and create shots for others.
However since his rookie year Evans has struggled in Sacremento and has worsened in just about every statistical category. It’s not completely Evans’ fault though, he’s dealt with as he’s dealt with some minor but nagging injuries, family issues and a constant change of position by the coaching staff from point guard to small forward to shooting guard.
The Kings are set to pay Evans 5 million dollars this season on the final year of his rookie contract, the Kings can also extend a qualifying offer to Evans worth close to 7 million which they may not do if Evans doesn’t play well this season. There has been multiple rumors of Tyreke Evans being on the trade market, now whether or not these rumors are valid is a different story.
It seems at this point a change of scenery is good for both parties; especially for Tyreke Evans. Evans can certainly leave his troubles behind in Sacremento and if he finds his way to a team like the Suns it’ll be good for him and the Suns. The Suns training staff will limit his missed games as Evans missed 25 games during the 2010-2011 season. Evans would also thrive in the Suns run-n-gun offense being the athlete and playmaker he is.
Assuming Michael Beasley fails to turn his career around and the James Harden dream goes on down the toilet the Suns should turn their attention to Tyreke Evans. Under the guidance and stability the Suns coaching staff has been known to offer Evans might just live up to the star everyone thought he’d become after his rookie season.