When the New Orleans Pelicans offered Tyreke Evans a four year deal worth a reported $44-$48 million dollars, few expected him to turn it down – and he might not, but he’s apparently waiting to see what the Sacramento Kings will offer.
Evans, who met with the Kings brass yesterday came away “impressed” and is now reportedly waiting to see what type of contract they are willing to offer him.
Per the Sacramento Bee:
A source speaking on the condition of anonymity because negotiations are ongoing, indicated the Kings are considering matching the offer, even though the Pelicans’ offer sheet is above what they thought Evans would receive from another team.
Evans could decide to accept the offer from the Pelicans and sign an offer sheet July 10 – the first day restricted free-agents are allowed to sign – but he is waiting to see if the Kings will present an offer that is comparable.
Sacramento has been pushing hard for Andre Iguodala, who opted out of his contract with the Denver Nuggets but they could sign both Evans and Iggy, assuming they wanted to do so. It would require them amnestying John Salmons and potentially trading away a bad contract, but the flexibility is there. Of course, whether or not that’s an actual solid basketball decision is another argument.