Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 at 9:20 am  |  16 responses

Tyreke Evans Offered $44 Million By the New Orleans Pelicans

Restricted free agent guard Tyreke Evans is headed for a big payday this summer. The New Orleans Pelicans set the market for ‘Reke, offering him a whopping $44 million over four seasons. It remains to be seen if the Sacramento Kings will match the offer. Per the Sac Bee: “Principal owner Vivek Ranadive, general manager Pete D’Alessandro and coach Michael Malone quickly exited Monday’s news conference for rookie guards Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum to meet with restricted free agent Tyreke Evans, who soon could leave Sacramento for a lucrative contract. The Kings also met Monday with prized small forward Andre Iguodala. Sunday night, the New Orleans Pelicans met with Evans in Los Angeles and presented an offer sheet for four years worth at least $44 million, said a source familiar with the negotiations. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the individual was not authorized to speak publicly about the situation. Restricted free agents cannot sign any team’s offer sheet before July 10. The Kings could match the Pelicans’ offer to Evans or try to work out a sign-and-trade deal with New Orleans. Pelicans point guard Greivis Vasquez and center Robin Lopez could be parts of a trade. If Evans signs the offer sheet on July 10, the Kings will have three days to match the offer or lose Evans without compensation. Evans was seeking a multiyear offer from the Kings. But before meeting with Sacramento officials Monday, he had received only a one-year, $6.9 million qualifying offer from the Kings. Evans’ scoring has declined each season since he won the 2009-10 Rookie of the Year award. He has gone from playing point guard to small forward to shooting guard. Last season, playing primarily shooting guard, Evans averaged 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 31 minutes per game, all career lows. He did post career highs in field-goal (47.8) and three-point (33.8) percentage. But Evans sought at least $10 million annually in a deal similar to others from his 2009 draft class, such as the Warriors’ Stephen Curry.”

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  • Max

    Jrue/EG/Tyreke/AD/Ryan Anderson/Vasquez.
    Nice group of players right there, but 44 mil tho?

  • i_ball

    With the Pelicans current roster he should be a 3 and I doubt he can play that position at 11 million per year level

  • Dagger

    This guy will be paid for his potential, not his current production. Which is funny, because he’s declined for a few years now. Bad offer.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Tyreke needs a coach that will use him correctly….

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Wow, Evans will be paid more than Stephen Curry?

  • OfftheWall87

    Evans isn’t on Curry’s level. Not really on Ty Lawson’s level either. Don’t know why he’d request the same kind of money. No one knows if he’s a PG, SG or SF. Kings played him all over the place. Injuries. Bad organization. Not sure what to make of him right now other than he’s not worth $11 million a season. And there’s no way he and Gordon should be playing on the same squad.

  • spit hot fiyah

    There was a report out not Long ago that Said thé he would Sign with any team where he would have to play thé 3. Lets see if he signs th offersheet

  • RayJr

    He’s way too small to be a 3. If they sign him Vasquez would probably be the odd man out on that guard rotation.

  • i_ball

    I agree with @disqus_djDUc1vQPc:disqus – he is too small. Why would he have a requirement like that? 44 million are a good enough reason to sign anywhere, even if has to play the 5, though

  • RayJr

    Lol true. As long as that money is being offered, I get what you are saying. Play the 1,2,3,4 whatever for 11 mill a year.

  • Rockwell

    Not sure where he will fit in with their roster. Maybe he can play a point forward type role? They already have a glut of quality guards with Jrue Holiday, Vazquez and Gordon (if healthy) in the mix. I was a fan of his game when he first broke into the league, but his game has seriously declined since then. Part of it was on sh*tty coaching and management, part of it was on injuries and part of it is on him because he never developed a reliable jumper to complement his driving ability. Hopefully he can find the right management/coaching situation that can find the right role for him because he is alot of fun to watch when he’s on.

  • RKJ92

    He’s a point forward like LeBron just CLEARLY couldnt even hold LeBrons jockstrap; he’s a 6-7 million dollar player capable of averaging about 22-5-6 at his PEAK (In the right system ofc) but Tyreke is clearly a SF even though he’s undersized it is his actual position. I think the only reason teams would pay him 11 million is because of that big question of COULD he be that 22-5-6 guy but the way he’s playing right now I have him solidly pegged at about a 7 million dollar player for his 15-4.4-3.5 he just simply needs to be used in the right system because the kings organization are a bunch of scrubs for not using such a talented player correctly.

  • underdog

    That’s too much money for Evans, although he has potential, no doubt. I don’t really get why they offer such a sum right off the bat. Wouldn’t they be allowed to offer more money after the initial offer sheet, if some other team happened to out bid them? Or is this just their own very expensive way to make sure they get him?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i would assume that this offer was made with knowledge that Eric Gordon has a trade market that would yield a small forward.
    if i were New Orleans, and Sacramento didn’t match for Evans, I’d trade Grievas Vasquez to Orlando for Mo Harkless. Then use Eric Gordon to get Danny Granger and a pick if possible. That way you have a SF of the future, and a SF for today to teach him.

  • shockexchange

    Why Tyreke is the Shock Exchange’s favorite player of all time http://clicky.me/7fDn

  • roscoe

    Is SAC really going to allow tE to walk?

    what is his best buddy, dcuz, going to do?