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Report: Tyreke Evans agrees to four-year, $44 million offer sheet from New Orleans

Jul 3, 2013, 11:17 PM EDT

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Tyreke Evans has seen a decline in his numbers in each of the three seasons since his first, when he took home Rookie of the Year honors with the Sacramento Kings.

There were reasons for that, including nagging injuries and a revolving door at the head coaching post in Sacramento under the team’s previous ownership.

But the fact remains that Evans has underwhelmed since that rookie campaign, yet is hasn’t stopped another team from expressing interest in him as a restricted free agent with a fairly high-priced offer sheet, and one that Evans has agreed to sign.

From Sam Amick of USA Today:

Restricted free agent and former Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans has given the New Orleans Pelicans a verbal agreement that he will sign their four-year, $44 million offer sheet, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the situation. The Sacramento Kings, Evans’ former team, will now have until three days after the free agency moratorium is lifted on July 10 to decide whether to match the offer.

Evans waited on committing to New Orleans in the hopes that the Kings would express a greater interest in signing him. But that’s not how restricted free agency works.

The Kings did what they had to by extending the qualifying offer to Evans in order to retain the right to match any offers that he may receive from other teams, and were wise to wait until Evans committed to one before coming up with a figure on their own.

There has been no indication from Sacramento on whether they’ll match, but as free agents continue to be locked in around the league, they may be running low on options. The Kings had their sights on Andre Iguodala, but rescinded the large offer they had out to him once he didn’t immediately indicate that he’d be interested in playing for them.

The Kings may try to sign and trade Evans to the Pelicans, who would seem to have too many guards on the roster with Eric Gordon and Greivis Vazquez under contract, and with a draft day trade for Jrue Holiday still pending. That might be a better way to go, unless the new management in Sacramento believes another head coach and a possibly improved supporting cast in the future will make Evans into a player deserving of that high-dollar contract.

  1. bsplaincs - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Thanks for shopping…………..see you on July 10th.

  2. bellerophon30 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    The only way they match this is if they think they need to in order to meet the salary floor. No way is he worth this kind of money.

  3. spyder9669 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    you guys crack me up. He isn’t worth 11 mill? How much did Korver just get? Reddick? Splitter? Oh wait that’s what I thought he sure as hell is worth it

    • nbascreed - Jul 4, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      Exactly. IMO there is no material difference b/t Gordon and Tyreke. If anything I think Tyreke still has the higher ceiling. Gordon is a one trick pony, who is small (even for a small 2).

  4. somekat - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    As a Sixers fan, I like this is the Kings don’t match. The core they put together is not a bottom 5 team. But they are not a playoff team, especially not in the west. I see their pick ending up 7-9 if this contract goes though. Good news for the sixers, because the core they put together is a bottom 3 team

  5. wileycoyote17 - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Evans will not be going anywhere. They will match that offer gladly. Let’s go Kings!! New management, new arena coming soon, and the buzz in Sac is coming back. See you in the playoffs in a couple years.

  6. saint1997 - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    I love this move for the Pelicans but I definitely think they should move one of their guards. They have great trade value now and they should free up some minutes for Reke (trade Rivers or Gordon)

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 4, 2013 at 7:34 AM

      Since Rivers’ trade value is *looks in wallet* a Best Buy gift card with like 2 bucks left on it and a free ice cream cone from McDonalds, looks like they are trading Gordon.

    • somekat - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      I don’t see Gordon having much value. His contract was openly mocked when he signed it, and he has regressed over the last few years. If they can find a team to take Gordon’s contract, they will get virtually nothing back

      • jcmeyer10 - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:59 PM

        Yah but at least he has the advantage of being able to play in the nba. Rivers is a crapshoot.

  7. hpeters77 - Jul 4, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Gordon is gone

  8. saintsfan83 - Jul 4, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^^ Sounds a lil to high for rivers cancel the ice cream from mcdonalds and u got it

  9. metalhead65 - Jul 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    if he could stay on the court Gordon would look great playing for and being the scoring threat off the bench the Pacers need.

  10. doubleogator - Jul 4, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Please trade Gordon, Cant stay healthy, does not want to be here, fans do not want him here either…high priced often injured waste.

  11. rezburna - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    We aren’t bringing Tyreke in to start. He’s intended to be the 6th man and play PG. I don’t like Gordon either but its not like we just have to move him.

  12. nirvana504 - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Who the heck is Eric Gordon?? Geaux Pels!!

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