Source: Restricted Free-Agent Tyreke Evans, New Orleans Pelicans Near Agreement

Jimmy Spencer@JimmySpencerNBANBA Lead WriterJuly 1, 2013

Tyreke Evans will agree to an offer sheet with the New Orleans Pelicans by Monday night, a source tells Bleacher Report.
Tyreke Evans will agree to an offer sheet with the New Orleans Pelicans by Monday night, a source tells Bleacher Report.Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Restricted free-agent Tyreke Evans will agree to an offer sheet from the New Orleans Pelicans as early as Monday night, a trusted source close to the situation tells Bleacher Report.

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.”

Both NBA.com's David Aldridge and USA Today’s Sam Amick are reporting the offer is at four years, $44 million.

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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