NBA Free Agency 2013: Tyreke Evans Wants to Join New Orleans Pelicans

October 17, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans (13) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the third quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Sacramento Kings 98-88. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans were not shy about their interest in free agent guard Tyreke Evans, but it was just a day ago that reports were stating Evans was happy with his role in Sacramento and that he wasn’t ready to leave the Kings. Of course, we know how the rumors swirl and the latest report is that Evans is ready for a change of scenery and New Orleans is his preferred destination.

From ESPN.com:

Former NBA Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans is ready for a change of scenery, according to sources familiar with his thinking.

Sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday that Evans, frustrated by the state of negotiations with the Sacramento Kings as a restricted free agent, is determined to leave the organization and plans to sign an offer sheet with the New Orleans Pelicans on the first allowable day.

Although the Pelicans technically are still waiting for Evans to verbally commit to signing the offer sheet, sources close to the situation regard that as “an inevitability” by week’s end. Evans then formally would sign the four-year, $44 million offer sheet on July 10, when the league’s annual moratorium on signings and trades is lifted. Sacramento then would have three days to either match or pass on the offer.

Many expect Evans to end up with Pelicans, but if Sacramento is not ready to let their guard walk he could be suiting up for the team again in 2013.

Free agency kicked off just after midnight on Monday, so be sure to stay tuned to FanSided.com throughout the free agency period as we keep you up to date with the latest news and rumors from around the league.

Topics: NBA Free Agency, New Orleans Pelicans, Tyreke Evans

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