Tyreke Evans Plans To Sign New Orleans Pelicans Offer Sheet
According to a report from ESPN's Marc Stein and Jeff Goodman, restricted free agent guard Tyreke Evans plans on signing the New Orleans Pelicans 4 year $44 million offer sheet on July 10th, the first day free agents are allowed to sign new contracts.
Although Evans can sign the offer sheet, the Sacramento Kings would then have three days to match it. Sacramento currently has a logjam at the guard position.
Evans feels slighted by new Kings owner Vivek Ranadive for not making a formal offer for him, and as a result, wants a change of scenery.
New Orleans will likely work out a sign-and-trade with Sacramento, or buy out starting Center Robin Lopez for $500,000 on Friday. The buyout would be necessary to finalize the Evans' deal. The worst case scenario for the Pelicans would be if the Kings decide to match the offer, taking away the Pelicans most sought after free agent, and also losing their starting Center for nothing. If Lopez is not bought out on Friday, the final two years of his contract at $5.1 and $5.3 million become guaranteed.
There is also a possibility of Lopez being traded, with several rumors listing Portland and Indiana as possible destinations.