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Tyreke Evans doesn’t want Kings to match Pelicans’ offer

Jul 3, 2013, 7:09 PM EDT

Tyreke Evans, Tobias Harris AP

The Sacramento Kings had a max offer on the table for Andre Iguodala, then yanked it. Which is bad form.

However, it was a pretty clear sign that the Kings are seriously considering matching the New Orleans offer expected for Tyreke Evans of four years, $44 million.

Evans doesn’t want them to match, he wants to go to New Orleans, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.com.

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….

Yet, one source close to the situation said Wednesday that Evans feels disrespected that new Kings owner Vivek Ranadive had yet to make any formal offer for him.

“They are stalling and he feels he has no choice,” the source said. “If they had shown loyalty to him earlier, he probably would have stayed there. He wasn’t trying to leave, but now he feels as though he has to.”

That sounds like a negotiation tactic, to me.

It doesn’t really matter what Evans wants, the Kings can match the offer and he has to play there. The two sides could work out a sign-and-trade, but there has been no talk of that so far.

This puts the Pelicans in the exact opposite position they were with Eric Gordon. Two summers ago it was Gordon — New Orleans’ key acquisition in the Chris Paul trade — who signed an offer sheet with the Suns and said his heart was in Phoenix now. New Orleans matched the offer, but Gordon was injured, hasn’t played all that well, and the fans there have never really forgiven him for that incident.

The shoe is now on the other webbed Pelican foot, now.

But it’s up to the Kings. They have until the 10th to make an offer to Evans and they may well still do that, then all will be good (especially Evans’ bank account).

  1. packfaninca - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    This has already been refuted. Try following Sam Amick, James Ham, Jason Jones, Carmichael Dave, etc, for actual Kings news, not ESPN.

    • ednacrabapple - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      not to mention Don Geronimo

  2. harper2 - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Well the funny thing about that is it’s ultimately not up to him, its called a restricted free agent buddy!

  3. adzs - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Just like Eric Gordon didn’t want the Pelicans/Hornets to match his offer from the Suns; don’t get me wrong i’d be ecstatic if Reke comes to NO, just don’t want to get to far ahead of my self

  4. bsplaincs - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    The more you know!!! And star wipe and we are out. End of evens enter Ben. Kings really need a 4 and a back up 5. Why in the second round they passed on Jeff Withy for a back up. Beats the hell out of me. Thanks for shopping

  5. buffalo65 - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Seriously, the pelican name is a joke right?

    • pmx8411 - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      ya they’re going back to hornets

      • pmx8411 - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:08 PM

        nm thats charlotte my faults

    • cullenand99 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      Not as much of a joke as the Thunder, Heat, and Magic. I thought those named were reserved for WNBA teams.

  6. jamieaadams - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Man…sure are a lot of fans dressed up like empty seats in that photo.

    • eashness - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      The kings must not have been a big draw there–in milwaukee

      • jamieaadams - Jul 4, 2013 at 8:06 AM

        Milwaukee isn’t a big draw in Milwaukee.

  7. saintsfan83 - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Make it happen!!!! Get rid of Gordon

  8. metalhead65 - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    how is the kings withdrawing an offer bad form? the league would be allot better off if more teams act this way. here’s our offer you have 24 hrs. to take it or it’s gone end of negotiations. how hard could it be for a guy to make up his mind to take a deal nobody else will off him? I am sick of these divas acting like they were disrespected somehow when a owner has the balls not to be held hostage. look they are going to suck whether he signed it or not so what’s the problem? if more teams did this we would be spared the dramas like the howard one going on now.

  9. Anoesis - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Evans/Kings and Howard/Lakers (or whoever he picks) aren’t really comparable situations. The Kings’ mistake was not waiting to see what other teams were willing to offer Evans before they threw out that max deal. Even though the money might have ended up being the same as now, the Kings put themselves in a bad spot by going all-in before they had to.

  10. jazynaz - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    i know it’s business, but why would a team want a player who will be unhappy playing on their team? seems to me like it would destroy and distract the rest of the guys/team cohesion. a team has to be of one mind, going in the same direction…buying in to that TEAMs’ concept and philosophy (chemistry). besides, the kings are still apparently screwed up, even with the new ownership. bad business move to ignore one of your best players. real tacky, kings!

  11. jordanismyidol - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Same senario when batum wanted to go minni but portland matched its offer so he had to stay. Its all business ppl

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