Tyreke Evans’ time as a Sacramento King could be ending soon.
The New Orleans Pelicans have offered the restricted free agent a four-year contract starting at $44 million. Evans could decide as early as tonight to accept the offer, which cannot be signed until July 10, per league rules.
The Kings would have three days to match the offer sheet. If the Kings do not match it, Evans would leave and the Kings would receive no compensation.
Meanwhile, Kings personnel headed to Los Angeles to meet with Evans this evening. Evans wanted a multi-year offer from the Kings but has only received the one-year qualifying offer worth $6.9 million that made him a restricted free agent.
It seems unlikely the Kings would match the offer from New Orleans.
Evans isn’t exactly clamoring to leave Sacramento, but feels he is not the same priority DeMarcus Cousins is, due to the lack of an offer and the public stances taken about how important Cousins is to the franchise.
Evans wanted to see teams top a Kings offer, not wait for the Kings to match an offer.
As it stands, it would not surprise me if Evans agrees to play for New Orleans tonight.
According to the Sporting News, Evans would come off the bench in a Manu Ginobili-type role behind Eric Gordon and Jrue Holiday.
The Pelicans believe Evans is a combo guard that can help at point or shooting guard. Evans started at shooting guard last season.
Evans was the point guard when he won Rookie of the Year in 2010.
Besides the Kings this evening, Evans met with the Detroit Pistons today.