The New Orleans Pelicans signed guard, and former Rookie of the Year (2010) to a 4 year $44 million dollar contract this summer. The Sacramento Kings, Evans’ former team, had a chance to match the offer but declined.
New Orleans also picked up Jrue Holiday, an All-Star with the Sixers and have Eric Gordon on their roster already. That is a crowded backcourt.
Evans himself remains unsure about his role. He has spoken with [head coach Monty Williams] — who professes to love Evans’ game and, according to Evans, has been drawing up plays for him. But the Pelicans they have not addressed his role or the team’s specific plans for Evans.
He is aware of the Ginobili comparison, though.
“I haven’t talked to the coaches or anything like that but that’s what they’ve been saying,” Evans told Sporting News in a phone interview. “When the season starts, I don’t know how things will go. Whatever role I am playing, I am definitely looking forward to it. I am going to go out there and play hard and try to win games.”
Asked if he would have no problem coming off the bench for the Pelicans, Evans said, “Yeah, definitely. I have never been worried about where I am playing. I am just happy to be in the situation and that everything has been worked out.”