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Kings future in doubt with Tyreke Evans, Andre Iguodala unsigned

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The Sacramento Kings might be in big trouble this offseason if they don’t come to some decisions and sign a big-name star to their roster.

Sacramento has been linked to signing two big names this offseason: Tyreke Evans, a mainstay with the Kings since getting drafted fourth overall in the 2009 NBA Draft, and Andre Iguodala, a coveted All-Star who last played for the Denver Nuggets. Despite showing interest in both players, the Kings may start next season without both players depending on the decisions they make.

Iguodala has recently made surprising headlines with the Kings for two conflicting reasons. Sacramento made a bold move at the start of the free agency period by offering him a four-year, $56 million bid, which would have been for Denver to match. After some reluctance from Iguodala, the Kings unexpectedly pulled their offer and are apparently no longer in the running for his services.

As for Evans, the value of his services has been questionable due to his disagreements with the old Kings management and injuries. On Wednesday night, the New Orleans Pelicans put a value on his services by agreeing to a four-year, $44 million offer sheet with the Kings veteran.

Since he is a restricted free agent, the Kings can match the Pelicans offer. Despite turmoil in the past, Evans prefers to remain with the Kings and it appears that the interest is mutual. Perhaps he is the star player the Kings decide to keep.

Now that Iguadala apparently no longer in the Kings’ plans, they now need to act fast on Evans or whoever else they are targeting this season. With a new coach, management and ownership in place, it is crucial for them to put their stamp on the franchise and the direction they want to take with this rebuilding roster.

Do they want to stick with a known commodity they hope will improve in Evans or will they make a big splash for another name to partner up with DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas, Patrick Patterson and Ben McLemore? If the Kings want to end up with anybody noteworthy on their roster, they better make some decisions quick and act fast before players start to accept other teams’ offers.

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Austin Chang is the Associate Editor of Sports Out West and a San Francisco Bay Area-based sports journalist. His work can also be found on Yahoo! Sports and RamsTalk. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.