The New Orleans Pelicans made a four-year, $44 million offer to restricted free agent Tyreke Evans during their meeting on Sunday night, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the talks. While the Sacramento Kings have the right to match any offer sheet that Evans eventually signs when the free agency moratorium lifts on July 10, it remains to be seen if they would match such a lucrative deal.
Evans has serious interest in signing with the Pelicans, and will likely agree to sign the deal if the Kings tell him later today in their meeting in Los Angeles that they will not match. Owner Vivek Ranadive, general manager Pete D’Alessandro and coach Michael Malone are expected to take part in the meeting, and a person with knowledge of the Kings’ thinking said they are considering matching the offer if he agrees to sign it. Evans is visiting with the Detroit Pistons before seeing the Kings.