March 17, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard Tyreke Evans (13) moves the ball up court against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency 2013: Tyreke Evans Says he Wanted to Stay With Sacramento Kings

Well, I’m sure that’s music to the ears of New Orleans Pelicans fans.

The former NBA Rookie of the Year is expected to be traded from the Kings to the Pelicans on July 10th, the first day he’s eligible to be moved, but it wouldn’t be happening if it was up to him.

Per Tyreke Evans, via Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee:

“It’s been interesting just going through the process figuring out what was going to happen,” Evans said. “But at the end of the day, it was business. We (agent Arn Tellem and Evans’ family) did what was best for my career. We definitely wanted to stay in Sac, but that didn’t work out, so I have an opportunity to go to New Orleans.”

Maybe it’s just Evans trying to lessen the blow to Sacramento fans who’ve loved him unconditionally for the past four years, but if he wanted to stay in Sacramento, he could have. The Kings were open to bringing him back at a lesser salary ($8 to $9 million a year) and he also could have signed the one year qualifying offer presented to him by the Kings. In short, he went for the money and security. I certainly don’t blame him, but if he really wanted to stay in Sacramento, he could have.

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