Monday, July 1, 2013
Details of Pelicans' offer to Evans
By Nick Borges
UPDATE: More details have emerged about the offer sheet New Orleans reportedly presented to restricted free agent Tyreke Evans on Sunday night.
Sam Amick of USA Today reports that the Pelicans "made a lucrative, four-year offer" to Evans in last night's meeting, which may be bold for an enigmatic player like Evans but it also may be what was needed to prevent Sacramento from matching such an offer. Amick also reports that Evans is expected to meet with the Kings as well as Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles today. But this looks like a quickly moving story that could find a resolution within the next week, depending on whether Evans signs the offer sheet with New Orleans.
The New Orleans Pelicans are looking to upgrade the small forward position and ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports they met with Tyreke Evans on Sunday night just after the new salary cap year began.
And then we had TNT/NBA.com's David Aldridge follow up with this tweet: "... Told they will have an offer sheet in hand--a big one."
The Pelicans should have around $7.3 million in salary cap after they acquire Jrue Holiday from the Philadelphia 76ers. A first-year salary around that amount isn't too high and there is a good chance the Sacramento Kings will match that amount. Evans may be seeking an annually salary around $10 million.
The Pelicans are showing interest in Chris Copeland and Andre Iguodala.