Tyreke Evans Keeping Himself Out of the Starting Lineup

According to Sacramento Kings head coach Keith Smart, it’s entirely Tyreke Evans’ call as to when he can be a starter again. Per the Sac Bee: “Tyreke Evans was again a reserve for the Kings on Thursday and will be until he decides otherwise. Evans came off the bench for the second consecutive game and only the second time this season against the Utah Jazz. Evans returned from a sprained left ankle Tuesday against the Memphis Grizzlies but said that night he decided to keep himself out of the starting lineup because John Salmons and the Kings had been playing well with Salmons starting at small forward. He apparently saw no reason to change things up against the Jazz, entering the game with a few seconds left in the first quarter. Kings coach Keith Smart said that deciding when Evans returns to the lineup is ‘in his hands.’ ‘Whenever he’s ready to make whatever decision, then he’ll come back,’ Smart said.”