Source: Restricted Free-Agent Tyreke Evans, New Orleans Pelicans Near Agreement
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Evans can currently only agree to the offer now, but he can officially sign it on July 10. The source said that it would be a lucrative offer, citing a four-year deal that may fall between the “mid-$40s to $50 million range.”
The Sacramento Kings could decide to match the offer, but it seems unlikely the Kings would meet that range of $11 million to $12 million per year. Evans has a meeting with the Kings and Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles on Monday.
The Pelicans' offer reflects the potential of the 23-year-old former Rookie of the Year.
Evans was drafted by the Kings with the No. 4 overall pick in 2009 and averaged 20.1 points, 5.8 assists and 5.3 rebounds in his first season. A battle with plantar fasciitis cut into his sophomore season, as the slashing guard struggled through pain most of the season.
Evans' minutes fell each season, from 37.2 minutes his rookie season to 31 minutes his fourth season, but his efficiency hit a career high as a 47.8 percent shooter from the field.
The leadership of the Kings organization has been in disarray since rumors began of the team's relocation, and Evans never developed in different roles under coach Keith Smart. The Kings see Evans as a talent, and the decision to pay him will certainly be a topic of conversation in Sacramento.
Evans looked as if he had elite potential his rookie season, and the Pelicans are hoping to resurrect those talents.
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