The New Orleans Pelicans have offered the restricted free agent Tyreke Evans a four-year contract starting at $44 million according to a source familiar with the situation.
Evans could decide as early as tonight to accept the offer, which cannot be signed until July 10, per league rules.
The Kings would have three days to match the offer sheet. If the Kings do not match it, Evans would leave and the Kings would receive no compensation.
The Kings are meeting with Evans this evening. He met with the Detroit Pistons earlier today.
The Kings could also agree to a sign-and-trade with New Orleans or any other team, in addition to agreeing on a deal with Evans.
Point guard Greivis Vasquez and center Robin Lopez are players that would likely be available in a sign-and-trade with New Orleans.
Evans wanted a multi-year offer from the Kings but has only received the one-year qualifying offer worth $6.9 million that made him a restricted free agent.
Sources close to Evans say he isn't exactly clamoring to leave Sacramento, but feels he is not the same priority DeMarcus Cousins is, due to the lack of an offer and the public stances taken about how important Cousins is to the franchise.
Evans wanted to see teams top a Kings offer, not wait for the Kings to match an offer. Evans was seeking a deal starting at $10 million per season, which would make him the highest-paid King ahead of Marcus Thornton.
Evans averaged career lows of 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists in his fourth season.
Evans, the 2010 Rookie of the Year is still seen as an intriguing talent by many teams. He can play both guard positions, small forward and has the ability to be a top-notch defender.