Dec 18, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) defends against New Orleans Pelicans point guard Tyreke Evans (1) during the fourth quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Pelicans’ Tyreke Evans on Sacramento: ‘It would have been nice to be here’


After spending his first four seasons with the Sacramento Kings, Tyreke Evans joined the New Orleans Pelicans in the offseason, signing a a four-year, $40 million deal as free agent.

On Monday night, Evans will return to Sacramento as a visitor for the first time in his career.

On Sunday, Evans admitted that he was a little disappointed things didn’t work out with the Kings.

“The only thing that was a little disappointing was that it would have been nice to be here after all the uncertainty,” Evans told Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee. “The fans were always so good to me, so I’m happy for the fans. It was meant to be. Just walking into the arena, thinking about everything, it’s a good feeling to know things worked out.”

When it seemed inevitable that the Kings would be leaving Sacramento, Evans was heavily involved in the “Here We Stay” movement, aimed at keeping the Kings in Sacramento and he is happy the Kings will remain in Sacramento.

On the season, Evans is averaging 12.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.

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