Tyreke Evans Rumors: Latest on Pelicans and More Interested in Former ROY
The Sacramento Kings' first-round selection of Kansas sharpshooter Ben McLemore was apparently the writing on the wall for restricted free agent Tyreke Evans. Evans is currently the object of desire for numerous franchises.
According to the Sacramento Bee, the Kings are looking into a sign-and-trade for their young guard.
The Kings will not match the four-year, $44 million offer sheet that Tyreke Evans has agreed to sign with the New Orleans Pelicans. According to sources close to the situation, the new Kings management group instead is hoping to close Thursday on a sign-and-trade agreement involving Pelicans point guard Greivis Vasquez and backup center Robin Lopez.
No deals can be finalized until July 10.
Because Evans, the 2009-10 Rookie of the Year, is a restricted free agent, the Kings have the right to match any offer he receives in the open market. However, team officials reportedly believe the offer is excessive and would damage the team's long-term salary cap flexibility. They pulled their four-year, $52 million offer to free agent Andre Iguodala Tuesday when the Denver Nuggets swingman refused to make a firm commitment.
ESPN's Marc Stein and Jeff Goodman have a bombshell of a report regarding the latest with Evans:
While this is certainly a major development, as a restricted free agent the Kings can still match the Pelicans offer for Evans.
Despite Evans' frustration with the Kings, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports that the Kings are still very much alive for his services:
Evans can agree to sign the offer sheet, the Kings can still match it. Wants to give Kings every chance to make an offer better than N.O.— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) July 3, 2013
Jones also adds that no decision will be made until the Kings make an offer:
Tyreke Evans is stil waiting on the Kings to make him an offer before committing to New Orleans.— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) July 3, 2013
James Ham of NBA.com shoots down a report regarding how Evans feels about Sacramento:
Sources inside the Tyreke Evans camp are refuting the reports that Tyreke Evans wants out of Sacramento. 100%.— James Ham (@James_Ham) July 3, 2013
ESPN's Marc Stein and Jeff Goodman provide the latest on Evans:
Sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday that Evans, frustrated by the state of negotiations with the Sacramento Kings as a restricted free agent, is determined to leave the organization and plans to sign an offer sheet with the New Orleans Pelicans on the first allowable day.
Although the Pelicans are technically still waiting for Evans to verbally commit to signing the offer sheet, sources close to the situation regard that as "an inevitability" by week's end. Evans would then formally sign the four-year, $44 million offer sheet on July 10 when the league's annual moratorium on signings and trades is lifted, after which Sacramento will have three days to either match or pass on the offer to the restricted free agent.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has an update on the status of talks between Tyreke Evans and the New Orleans Pelicans.
It is possible Tyreke Evans never signs the proposed $44M offer sheet with Pelicans, sources tell Y! Sports. Still a fluid scenario.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2013
While the Pelicans may have made an impression on Evans, the courting of the young point guard is just heating up according to the latest report from Sam Amick of USA Today:
Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, GM Pete D'Alessandro, coach Michael Malone met with Tyreke Evans in LA & stressed how much they want him.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 2, 2013
Amick also has the latest on if the Kings have given Evans an official offer:
No clarity on whether they'd match offer from New Orleans, but Evans left encouraged by the message that was sent. He likes it in Sacto.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 2, 2013
Sam Amick of USA Today has more details on the Pelicans and their interest in obtaining Tyreke Evans.
Evans has serious interest in signing with the Pelicans, and will likely agree to sign the deal if the Kings tell him later today in their meeting in Los Angeles that they will not match. Owner Vivek Ranadive, general manager Pete D'Alessandro and coach Michael Malone are expected to take part in the meeting, and a person with knowledge of the Kings' thinking said they are considering matching the offer if he agrees to sign it. Evans is visiting with the Detroit Pistons before seeing the Kings.
Evans won the 2009-10 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, but his scoring and passing production has declined each of his four years in the NBA. Last season he averaged 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists a game for the Kings.
While the Pelicans were among six teams meeting with small forward Andre Iguodala today in Los Angeles, they made Evans a top priority when free agency began at 9:01 PT on Sunday night with an in-person meeting. If New Orleans lands Evans, it remains to be seen what it means for the rest of the roster that is now stacked with perimeter players.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has the latest on the Pelicans and their maneuvering for a possible sign-and-trade to land Tyreke Evans.
To clear salary for Tyreke Evans or sign-and-trade w/ Kings, Pelicans expected to try and unload Robin Lopez, league source tells Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2013
The former Rookie of the Year and four-year veteran is a versatile player capable of playing multiple positions, and the addition of a promising-yet-raw rookie doesn't automatically expel him from the Kings organization. But early indications suggest Evans won't return to Sacramento next season.
His first suitors are the New Orleans Pelicans, who reportedly wasted no time in extending an offer sheet, per USA Today's Sam Amick:
The New Orleans Pelicans made a lucrative, four-year offer to Tyreke Evans in last night's meeting. Story to come.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 1, 2013
Of course, with Evans being a restricted free agent, the Kings have the ability to match any offer sheet that he may sign once the free-agency moratorium ends on July 10.
However, according to Amick, the deal—which could be worth as much as $48 million (an average of $12 million per year) with incentives—is one that that the Kings would unlikely match.
Next up in Evans sweepstakes, according to Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee, are the Detroit Pistons:
Tyreke Evans will meet with Detroit next— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) July 1, 2013
After that, he will sit down with the Kings, per Jones.
Evans is quite the polarizing player. On the surface, his numbers have worsened every season since he won Rookie of the Year in 2010. But on a per-minute basis, his points have stayed consistent, and he was far more efficient last year, shooting a career-high 47.8 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from beyond the arc.
As such, he has suitors, and it is apparently going to be difficult (read: expensive) for the new-look Kings organization to keep him in purple and black.
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