In a dramatic turn of events from what appeared to be foregone conclusions, Andre Iguodala will not sign with the Sacramento Kings, and Tyreke Evans may not sign with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Iguodala was offered a 4-year, $52 million contract by the Kings, but Sacramento pulled out of the deal on Tuesday night after Iguodala didn’t respond fast enough.
Evans is currently being offered a 4-year, $44 million offer sheet by the Pelicans, who are looking to pry him away from the Kings. But according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Evans may never sign that offer sheet.
Instead, he wants to stay in Sacramento, and with Iguodala out of the picture, the Kings might very well allot some of that money to keep Evans. Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports that a “comparable contract offer” would likely convince him to stay.
Since he is a restricted free agent, the Kings will have a chance to match any offer by another team for Evans. However, he has not signed any offer sheet thus far. 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. He won the Rookie of the Year award in the 2009-2010 season.