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Tyreke Evans says he'd rather not be traded away from the Kings this month. We'll see if the team ultimately feels the same way.

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Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans says that he'd prefer not be traded by the team before this month's trade deadline, CSN Philly's Jabari Young reports. The former Rookie of the Year has been a frequent target of trade rumors over the past year as he's struggled to find a role with the team.

Still, despite Evans' inability to establish himself as a cornerstone in Sacramento, he told Young, "I like playing for the Kings. I’d love to be here."

Before the season, the Kings opted not to offer Evans an extension to his rookie contract, instead risking the possibility of his departure this summer as a restricted free agent. The fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft said of the situation, "It wasn't really a big deal to me. I'll just let it play out and we'll see what happens."

Luckily for Evans, it doesn't appear likely that Sacramento will trade him this month. It's been reported that the team won't be able to take on any salary this month given the impending sale of the franchise, so it's likely that the team will stand pat in the coming weeks.