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Tyreke Evans wants his role defined in Sacramento

Paul Westphal, Tyreke Evans

Sacramento Kings coach Paul Westphal talks with point guard Tyreke Evans (13) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, April 10, 2011. The Kings won 104-103. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)


This is another problem that can in part be chalked up to the lockout.

Tyreke Evans remains the guy that will make the King’s offense go next year — he’s finally healthy again — and now he’s got an interesting potential backcourt mate in just drafted Jimmer Fredette.

Except, Evans and Fredette basically play the same position (both are shoot-first point guards, at least that’s what we think Fredette will be). Evans wants to know how the coach plans to use them both, he told Marc Spears of Yahoo.

“I don’t know how we are playing it,” Evans said. “Am I going to be the point? Is he going to be the point? At the end of the day, whatever one they lead me to, I’m just ready.”

The problem is, in the frenzied week after the draft team officials didn’t talk to Evans about this, and now due to the lockout they can’t talk to him at all. Evans could get a lot of these questions answered in a simple five-minute phone call with coach Paul Westphal, if they could have it. But the Kings coach is not about to risk the wrath of David Stern to do so during the lockout.

The Kings have some interesting talent next season. They’ll have a healthy Evans, and when he can’t create they now have John Salmons as second guy who can get his own shot. DeMarcus Cousins and J.J. Hickson make a young, interesting front line with a world of talent and question marks. They’ll probably re-sign Marcus Thornton to start at the two next to Evans.

The question is how all of that will fit together and what roles everyone would play. We won’t get answers until they all get on the court together.