Some late breaking news for you insomniacs out there…
The Sacramento Kings will not match the New Orleans Pelicans’ four-year, $44 million offer sheet for Tyreke Evans, according to the Sacramento Bee. Instead, they bid goodbye to a player who has a very promising future ahead of him.
The Bee reports that the Kings are closing in on a sign-and-trade deal with the Pelicans that will bring Greivis Vasquez and Robin Lopez to Sacramento.
Since he is a restricted free agent, the Kings have a chance to match any offer by another team for Evans.
Evans committed to an offer sheet with the Pelicans on Wednesday amid reports that he was frustrated with the Kings’ stalling tactics during free agency negotiations.
While his camp immediately refuted the reports, it appears now that the Kings have no interest in bringing him back anyway.
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.
However, there is no denying that he has a bright future ahead of him with the Pelicans. Evans is only 23 years old, yet to reach his prime, but has already been putting up solid numbers in the NBA.