According to various reports, the New Orleans Pelicans have made a lucrative offer to free agent guard Tyreke Evans, who became a restricted free agent when the Sacramento Kings extended a qualifying offer. Though several figures have been reported, the deal is expected to be for four years at around $10-to-12 million per year.
The Pelicans do not currently have the cap space to offer Evans the reported deal and thus would have to negotiate a sign and trade with the Kings or generate space by trading or waiving players already on the roster. Also, because Evans is a restricted free agent, the Kings would have the right to match any offer and retain Evans. However, once he has signed an offer sheet, the Kings lose the ability to sign and trade Evans and must either retain him or let him walk.
The pursuit of Evans suggests that the Pelicans are ready to trade either Eric Gordon or Greivis Vasquez. While one would expect Gordon to be traded, both to open a starting spot for Evans and because of Gordon’s antics last season, it has been reported that the Pelicans plan on bringing Evans off the bench in a “Manu Ginobili-type role.”