The frenzy known as NBA Free Agency begins at midnight Eastern Time, and teams are not going to wait around to pursue some of the biggest names on the market.
Sacramento Kings’ guard Tyreke Evans is one of those names, and he will be meeting with the New Orleans Pelicans late tonight in Los Angeles. According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, the Pelicans plan on presenting Evans with a big offer sheet.
Since he is a restricted free agent, the Kings will have a chance to match any offer by another team for Evans. The Kings presented Evans with a qualifying offer last week.
Evans averaged 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 65 games last season, but has taken a step or two backwards since winning the Rookie of the Year in 2009. Part of that had to do with former head coach Keith Smart moving Evans to a forward or an off-guard position instead of point guard, where he has performed better.
While the Kings wouldn’t mind re-signing him at a fair price, the interest in Evans is mounting quickly. James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom reports that as many as 17 teams are looking at Evans.
Plus, with the recent selection of Ben McLemore in the NBA Draft as the Kings’ top pick, speculation is that the new ownership does not want to keep Evans around, if he is to keep playing at shooting guard.
So if the Pelicans present some kind of massive, ridiculously high contract to Evans, don’t count on the Kings breaking the bank to match it.