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July 2, 2013
Tyreke Evans nearing a decision on Pelicans offer

Tyreke Evans hasn't committed to signing an offer sheet with the New Orleans Pelicans. That decision could come in the next 24 hours.

Evans has a four-year, $44 million offer from New Orleans. Sources familiar with negotiations said Evans could verbally accept the deal as early as tomorrow if he doesn't receive an offer from the Kings that tops the New Orleans offer.

An annual average salary of $12 million would be needed for Evans to reconsider accepting the Pelicans' offer.

Sources said the Kings expected any offer for Evans would be in the range of $9 million annually.

Because Evans is a restricted free agent, the Kings would have three days to match the offer once signed on July 10 when the moratorium on deals is over for the NBA.

It's still uncertain if the Kings would match the offer.

The Kings might try to negotiate a sign-and-trade with New Orleans in order not to lose Evans without compensation.

Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive, general manager Pete D'Alessandro and coach Michael Malone met with Evans and his representatives in Los Angeles on Monday.

The Kings have also met with free agents Andre Iguodala and Jose Calderon.



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