Reports came out on Wednesday morning claiming that Tyreke Evans wants to stay with the Sacramento Kings, but now that feeling has been completely reversed.
According to ESPN, Evans, a restricted free agent, plans to sign an offer sheet with the New Orleans Pelicans worth four years and $44 million. He is reportedly frustrated with the Kings regarding negotiations, and will sign the offer sheet on July 10, the first day that he can do so. In fact, the report states that it is “an inevitability” that he will sign with the Pelicans.
So why is Evans frustrated with the Kings?
“They are stalling and he feels he has no choice,” a source told ESPN. “If they had shown loyalty to him earlier, he probably would have stayed there. He wasn’t trying to leave, but now he feels as though he has to.”
The Kings are stalling? How ironic, considering that they pulled back a four-year, $52 million offer to Andre Iguodala on Tuesday night when Iguodala reportedly “stalled” by not responding fast enough.
That decision may come back to bite the Kings. Now, they won’t end up with Iguodala, and will have to overpay Evans if they want to keep him.
Evans averaged 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 65 games last season. He won the Rookie of the Year award in the 2009-2010 season.
Multiple Sacramento-based reporters spoke to sources inside Evans’ camp, and they are refuting the report from ESPN.