Tyreke Evans seemed to be a future superstar in the league after winning the Rookie of the Year during his first season with the Sacramento Kings.
But things haven’t worked so well since then, and Evans is now with the New Orleans Pelicans after inking a four-year, $44 million contract in the offseason.
One of the big reasons? Evans signed an offer sheet with the Pelicans as a restricted free agent because the Kings’ original offer was almost insulting.
“Not even close, I don’t think,” Evans told Sheridan Hoops when asked about the Kings’ offer compared to the Pelicans’. The Pelicans’ offer was “definitely a significant upgrade from what the Kings offered,” he continued.
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.
Evans did admit that he was frustrated over Smart’s coaching as well as the constant relocation rumors surrounding the Kings.
“We both tried to be leaders and win a lot of games, but we were frustrated with about the coaching and team situation,” referring to himself and former teammate DeMarcus Cousins.
So now he is in New Orleans, where he is ok with playing any role that he is given, even if that means coming off the bench.