This Tyreke Evans dance, the changing expectations of the guards, has a fascinating rhythm of its own. Expect one step forward, one step back and several steps into the unknown.

This won't be easy. Three seasons into his career, the Kings are asking Evans to swap out the bathroom towels, switch from steak to salmon, and while in the midst of the makeover, paint the house in more subdued, subtle shades.

Things are different now. Chuck Hayes apparently is coming back, Jimmer Fredette can play. John Salmons was acquired, Marcus Thornton re-signed, and that big anchor in the middle – talented DeMarcus Cousins – is taking baby steps toward maturity.