Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans is a restricted free agent this summer, and one team that is obviously very interested in signing him is the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans have offered Evans a four-year $40m to $48m contract.
The New Orleans Pelicans have made an offer to Sacramento Kings restricted free agent guard Tyreke Evans, two people familiar with the situation said Monday.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the offer was supposed to remain private. Several media outlets reported the deal was for four years and ranging between $40 million and $48 million.
Because he’s a restricted free agent, the Kings will have the opportunity to match any offers Evans signs. Contracts can’t be inked until July 10, after next season’s salary cap is set.
While the Kings maintain the option of matching any contract offer that is on the table for Evans, it’s doubtful that Sacramento would be willing to pay the former Rookie of the Year that kind of money.
It’s also a curious offer from the Pelicans side, considering the fact that Eric Gordon is still around. Unless Gordon is traded, Evans would most likely come off the bench, and paying him somewhere in the vicinity of $10m to $12m a year is certainly too much.
The Kings will meet with Evans, but at this point it would most definitely seem that he will be leaving the team. Sacramento drafted Ben McLemore in this summer’s NBA draft, so they essentially have a replacement in place already.
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