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Report: Pelicans making big offer to Tyreke Evans

Jul 1, 2013, 1:58 AM EDT

The Pelicans aren’t content adding just Jrue Holiday and Pierre Jackson to a dynamic backcourt that already included Eric Gordon and Greivis Vasquez.

They’re also ready to offer Tyreke Evans, a restricted free agent, a sizable contract. David Aldridge of

Using numbers from, the Pelicans have $61,356,465 in salary counting against the cap, which is expected to be set at $58.5 million. But they can reduce their salary commitments to $47,121,716 by renouncing free agents Al-Farouq Aminu ($3,749,602 of additional cap space), Xavier Henry ($3,201,370), Louis Amundson ($884,293) and Roger Mason ($884,293) and waiving players with partially unguaranteed contracts Robin Lopez ($4,619,761), Lance Thomas ($884,293), Darius Miller ($788,872), Brian Roberts ( $788,872) and Terrel Harris ( $884,293). However, if the Kings drop more than four of those players from their books, a cap hold of $490,180 (equal to the minimum salary) would be subtracted from their cap space for each additional player renounced or waived.

Long story short, if the expected salary cap comes to fruition, the Pelicans could offer Evans a contract starting at $11,378,284. More than likely, that would prevent the Kings from matching and make Evans a Pelican. Even more likely, New Orleans wouldn’t offer quite that much, but that’s the amount available.

If the Pelicans sign Evans, would they use a three-guard backcourt, making Evans their nominal small forward, or would they explore a trade of Gordon? It’s always nice to add talent, but it’s not always simple to do or handle once its done.

Signing Evans to an offer sheet, which hasn’t yet happened, would merely be step one of many for New Orleans.

  1. anhdazman - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    So it looks like the Pelican have not watched any Kings or Tyreke Evans games over the years. He’s so over rated. How in the world would you pay him 11+ million a year. Isn’t he barely a 40 % shooter from the floor with a terrible outside shot? ROY then a sophmore slump that lasted throughout the rest of his rookie contract.

    • dspohn55 - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:32 AM

      Well said anhdazman. As a loyal Kings fan I’ve watched most every game Tyreke Evans has ever played in the NBA. He has a prototypical NBA shooting guard body, but unfortunately has a very inconsistent jump shot. Remember how Gregg Popovich dared LeBron and Wade to shoot midrange jumpers all Finals? That’s how opponents treat Evans… “please shoot”. He’s not particularly adept at passing either. I wouldn’t necessarily call him a ballhog, I just think his basketball IQ is relatively low. He is a very sound defender and is coachable, however.

    • uptjeff - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      Every player on the Kings gets a pass because of the team and organization they’ve had to play for. Evans is a beast and hasn’t come close to reaching his potential. If this goes through, the Pelicans are all of a sudden very legit.

      • bparmalee - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        Tyreke just needs a change of venue and teammates. He is a pass first guard on a team where no one will pass the ball back. It’s hard to keep passing, slashing and moving without the ball when Cousins is 20 feet out taking pull up jumpers. As a Pacers fan I would love to have this guy.

  2. bsplaincs - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    The way I look at it the kings have now 11 teen guards….so go ahead and hand out a “Big Contract” the kings will not match it. No worries………Thanks for shopping.

    • anhdazman - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:41 AM

      Sounds like a Kings fan who seen enough of Tyreke to let him walk without any hassle.

  3. scalfor3 - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    Whats the point of giving up a first rounder (probably in next years stacked lottery) for Jrue Holliday if you’re gonna overpay like that for Evans? Not getting what the Cans are thinking this offseason.

    • biasedhomer - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      Doesn’t make much sense. I think they should just stick with Gordon to go with Holiday and Davis, and Anderson and Vazquez off the bench.

  4. lisaratliff - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:10 AM

    Tyreke’s rookie year stats were the same as Michael Jordan&LeBron James. He’s a beast waiting to unleash his built up passion for the game. (This game starts in the mind, so imagine being in the middle of the fear, uncertainty, Anaheim, Virginia Beach, Seattle threats, coach changes, owner vs fan arguments, and politics over the past 3 years. Most players get to focus mainly on perfecting their craft, not on having to worry about where they’re going to be sold to next. Despite the storm, he made it! #HEREWESTAYED There is something special about The Sacramento Kings and the fact that they beat the odds! 17 teams have public interest in Tyreke Evans and for us to let him go would be a shame. But do what you think is best! Oh yeah, and he is the one on the team that buys a whole box of season ticket seats and donates the tickets to kids in need. My nephew who lost his twin brother at 4 yrs of age to cancer was one of those kids. He now has a strong sense of brotherhood with Tyreke and his brothers. My nephew asked me to ask whoever is listening here to “Please keep Tyreke, I don’t want him to leave.” As it turns out Tyreke’s basketball camp that my nephew is registered to attend(compliments of Tyreke) is July 11th, so I hope my nephew won’t be let down.

    • anhdazman - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:02 AM

      Evans will never be a #1 option, he’s a 3rd option at best. I’d be surprised if he even reaches that goal. That means he’ll need to move to a team with a #1 and #2 set in place. Say if he went to OKC to replace what Harden gave OKC.

      He’s a basketball, player, lets not make excuses about his game because his team has to move, or the fans or the ownership. All those were already there when he came there his first year. It didn’t affect him then, why all of a sudden.

      I don’t think that missed jumper was because Seattle wanted the Kings to move north last season.

      But, I will give you less than a 10% of being correct, if he can truly change it around at his next destination. But a move to the Pelicans would be another mistake. He needs to go to a playoff contending team with established stars already in place.

  5. cluelessdufus - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:51 AM

    Evans [at this point] is no better than a taller Brandon Jennings. Your not going anywhere as him as your #1 option maybe 2nd but the guy still really hasn’t figured out his position even and he hasn’t really developed and is at times is overrated, If the Pelicans believe they can at least make him consistent at that level then go right ahead but that is pretty dicey.

    • eboneseagles - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      Uh no, Jennings is an erratic volume shooter who fires from every range. Evans is a drive first guy who never found a position but could have a good year in the right fit.

  6. halfbaht - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    I bet the whole of Sacramento are crossing their fingers that an offer comes in. Shocked the Kings decided to bother giving him a qualifying offer

  7. phillylawhopeful - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Is the Tyreke hate a “you have to watch him play” thing? His stats are almost universally better than the two years prior and, outside of PPG, he is matching (or beating) his ROY stats when looked at on a normalized basis (he plays about 6 minutes less per game now).

    Who wouldn’t take a 15/4/4 guy on 30 minutes a game? Is that a #1 type? Nope, but a wing guy shooting 47% giving you 15 a game is pretty good. Especially at $8-10 million/year.

    • luckysunday20 - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      I agree I doubt the Pelicans are trying to make him the #1 guy. You’ve got AD Jrue and maybe EG all above him in the pecking order..

  8. pl4tinum514 - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    11 mil isnt a #1 guy contract, and they have Anthony Davis. So I dont know that I see a problem there.

  9. gpatrick15 - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Evans just needs a coach that believes in him and places him in a position that’ll allow him to succeed. 2nd or 3rd option, 6th man, something like that. Everyone on the Kings seemingly has talent. What do they all have in common? They play for the Kings, an organization mired in uncertainty (until now), coaching changes, and a dysfunctional locker room. Given the right set of circumstances, Evans would thrive, and so would Demarcus Cousins. It wouldn’t surprise me at all for him to go to another team and prove all of the naysayers wrong. I wouldn’t mind for my favorite team, OKC, to take a flier on him, but he’ll be too pricey. If he goes to NO, and is the 3rd option behind Gordon, Holiday, and Davis, I think he can produce without the immense expectations seemingly on his back.

  10. 13arod - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    The pelicans will be good next year

  11. weaselpuppy - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Yknow why you never see him and Rodney Stuckey in the same room…..same guy. Overrated, underuseful and someone that you spend money on to get up to the salary floor

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