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Reports: Pelicans to offer Tyreke Evans $40 million–$44 million

Jul 1, 2013, 5:16 PM EDT

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Tyreke Evans, a restricted free agent, can’t sign an offer sheet until July 10.

But he can agree to terms on one, and though it wouldn’t be binding, it’s an extreme breach of protocol to renege at that point. So, Evans and teams can negotiate in good faith right now.

Once Evans signs an offer sheet, that becomes locked in as his next contract. Either the Kings match and he goes to Sacramento or they don’t and he goes to whichever team proposed the offer sheet.

He could be headed down that one-way road soon.

Sean Deveney of Sporting News:

A source told Sporting News that the Pelicans’ offer is in the range of four years and $40 million, and that New Orleans hopes to bring Evans off the bench in a Manu Ginobili-style role.

David Aldridge of

The gut reaction to this is the Kings wouldn’t match this offer, but don’t be so sure about that reports Sam Amick at the USA Today.

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.

A four-year, $44 million contract could start with a 2013-14 salary as low as $10,304,450. That’s the only number that needs to fit under the cap, which still hasn’t been precisely set.

If the cap is set at the expected $58.5 million and the Pelicans are willing to offer Evans maximum raises, they could clear enough cap room by waiving Robin Lopez, renouncing Al-Farouq Aminu, Xavier Henry, Louis Amundson and Roger Mason and waiving one of Lance Thomas, Darius Miller, Brian Robertsor Terrel Harris.

Of course, if the Pelicans add Evans, trading Eric Gordon – a move that clear even more cap room – would make a lot of sense. The backcourt would just be getting pretty crowded.

  1. asimonetti88 - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    This move wouldn’t make sense unless they trade Eric Gordon. Even then, it doesn’t make sense with Austin Rivers also being a player who doesn’t seem to have a defined position. I think Tyreke has potential but I’m not sure New Orleans is the best fit.

    • loubearkane - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      Who would take Eric Gordon and his max contract , considering he’s never healthy

  2. norcalkingsfan - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Well, bye.

  3. htownred34 - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Sac probably won’t match it and I’m pretty sure it was 48 million…

  4. bostonian13 - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    This team has way too many of the same type of guards. Go for shooters or vets.

  5. JHathwell - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Reports are that they envision Evans “in the Ginobili role”.

    That was a good one.

  6. sellahh - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    I don’t understand why would they trade for Jrue if they plan to get Tyreke. His best season, the rookie one, came as point guard (albeit a scoring one). He’s not a shooting guard and definiately not a SF.

  7. readysethike - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    i honestly don’t know too much about Tyreke but the Pelicans should def trade Eric Gordon, he’s as wishy washy with his feelings as Howard is. he never wanted a long term deal with NO, he only acted like he did when he saw he couldn’t force his way to Phoenix. plus he’s injury prone. trading Gordon would bring back good value, and what they need is an upgrade at the SF. Gordon for Granger?

  8. rezburna - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    I’ve been hoping we got Tyreke Evans for years now, but that was before we got Jrue Holiday. I see Tyreke as a point guard; and a potentially elite one at that. But he’s young, so if he develops his jumper he’ll be a dangerous player at the 1, 2, or 3. So whether this is a good move or a bad one, I love the aggression of the front office.

  9. patfic15 - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Please get rid of Gordon.

  10. adzs - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    If this holds true i’d expect to see one of Gordon or Greivis traded (preferably Gordon) hopefully for some help on the wing, and not only that but a wing who can shoot lol outside of Rtyan Anderson can’t see where our floor spacing will be coming from; to me this seems the most realistic scenario because how the current roster + Reke is looking its a complete mismash but knowing Demps theres got to be method to this madness; fingers crossed anyways

  11. zzjohn - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Tyreke is a good guy and he’s made the Kings a little more watchable during the Maloof destruction of the team. On the downside, he has the personality and interview skills of a fencepost, but that’s not what he’s paid to be good at. I’d say let him go. The Kings are cleaning house and are rebuilding. From what I’ve seen, the new owners seem to know what they’re doing and when all is said and done, I think we’ll see a totally competitive team on the court this next season.

  12. cmart0907 - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Wow they should of let Eric Gordon walk he is injured prone now he hogging up all the salary cap sitting on his ass. No way in hell if i pay someone 10million to come of the bench. I take J.R Smith for 10million before Tyreke Evans.

  13. cmart0907 - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    They shouldn’t of signed Eric Gordon to a contract to begin with. New he hogging all the salary cap space. I wouldn’t dare pay Tyreke 10million just to come odd the bench. Get rid of Mr Gordon!!! He is injury prone. I rather sign J.R Smith.

  14. adoombray - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    Reke is no point guard. His best fit is probably at the 2, but he is a much better fit at the 3 than 1. He is an awful ball handler who won ROY as a PG mostly because that was the best way to get the ball into his hands on every play. He has moments of outstanding driving to the rim but just lacked consistency, which, that Kings situation was about as bad as the Saints post-Katrina, it was just a directionless mess.

    Gordon pretty much did everything he could to burn bridges in N’awlins, he never wanted to be there, he single handedly made the CP3 trade bad for them. Gordon has got to go. I don’t know how I feel about him coming here to Phoenix, but if we can dump a crappy contract like Beasley in the process I guess I’m for it. It remains to be seen whether or not Gordon can handle the rebuilding process.

  15. louhudson23 - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    Evans is a limited player,with little development to show for his time in the league…and seems quite content with that fact. Yet another big payday for someone who has done very little to earn it and yet another team paying handsomely for little return other than a few headlines in the local paper…..

  16. phillylawhopeful - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    I like how people bag on Tyreke and say he has had “little” development. EVERY stat of his (on a per 36 minutes basis) is better than his rookie year except for points per game. He plays less minutes now but he’s still a 15/4/4 guy on 30 minutes a game. That’s classic 2/3 position stuff on a team with a scorer (Jrue puts up 18/8 and they have a big post presence).

    He’s not getting a “big payday” in NBA terms. He’s getting #2 or # 3 money. He’s not a # 1 but he’s not being paid like one, either.

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