The Kings have extended a qualifying offer to guard Tyreke Evans, making him a restricted free agent, the team announced this afternoon.
If Evans plays under the one-year qualifying offer, he'd earn $6.9 million next season.
The Kings still can negotiate a long-term deal with Evans, which was the strategy with Jason Thompson last year when he was a restricted free agent.
Thompson eventually signed a five-year contract.
The Kings can also match any offer sheet Evans signs with another team. Evans averaged a career-low 15.2 points last season, though his shooting percentage from the field (.478) and three-point range (.338) were career highs.
Evans was NBA Rookie of the Year after the 2009-10 season when he averaged 20.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists.
For his career, Evans is averaging 17.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.4 steals in four seasons.