Oct. 22, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Sacramento Kings guard (13) Tyreke Evans against the Phoenix Suns during a preseason game at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: New Orleans Pelicans Sign Tyreke Evans to Offer Sheet Worth Four Years, $44 Million

If the Sacramento Kings want to retain Tyreke Evans, they’re going to have to pay a lot more cash than they expected.

After meeting with Evans on Sunday night, the New Orleans Pelicans have signed Evans to an offer sheet worth four years and $44 million, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com. 

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.

However, Jonathan Santiago of Cowbell Kingdom reports that the Kings believe Evans is not worth the hefty contract the Pelicans have put forth.

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.

Interest in Evans is definitely picking up, with many teams interested, including the Detroit Pistons and Golden State Warriors.

However, will any of them be able to top the massive offer from the Pelicans?

And the bigger question: will the Kings even consider matching any of the offers?

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