UPDATE (12:08 ET):
Was just told that Hawks/Tyreke meeting was more Evans’ agent idea than Hawks idea. They are lukewarm on him. Not a threat IMO
— Michael McNamara (@McNamara247) July 2, 2013
Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans has quickly become a hot commodity. His next meeting will be with the Atlanta Hawks, and he will likely meet with another Eastern Conference team, according to James Ham of NBA.com.
Confirming that Tyreke Evans will meet with Atlanta tomorrow and possibly one other Eastern Conference team.
— James Ham (@James_Ham) July 2, 2013
The New Orleans Pelicans offered Evans a four-year, $44 million contract on Sunday night, according to USA Today. The $44 million part of the offer varies from different reports, but it’s likely in the $40-48 million range. It’s enough to get Reggie Miller back in the gym, though.
The Kings can still match any offer Evans garners, but the Pelicans’ proposal might stand. To clarify, Evans has yet to sign New Orleans’ offer sheet.
The Hawks, meanwhile, currently have eight players under contract for about $22 million in 2013-14. They recently issued Jeff Teague a $4.5 million qualifying offer, but Teague is also being pursued by the Milwaukee Bucks, whose backcourt situation is in flux.
If Atlanta allows Teague sign elsewhere, Evans, if the Kings let him walk, could take over as the Hawks’ new point guard. He’s probably better suited off the ball, but the Hawks need a scorer Evans fits that bill, sporting a 17.5-point career scoring average in spite of his down year in 2012-13.