The Pelicans made Evans their priority from the start, meeting with the 23-year-old at the outset of free agency. New Orleans presented Evans with the offer sheet at the meeting, and after a few days of deliberation, the 23-year-old has verbally agreed to sign.
The Kings have the right to match, and they may do just that after pulling the four-year, $52 million contract offer to Andre Iguodala on Tuesday night. Sacramento did draft Ben McLemore with the No. 7 pick in the draft, and he would slide nicely into the void left by Evans if he goes to New Orleans.
Evans has been somewhat of a disappointment after winning the 2010 Rookie of the Year award, but he's still young and has a ton of potential. He averaged 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the Kings last year.
If Evans goes to New Orleans, he'll join a talented backcourt that already features Jrue Holiday and Eric Gordon. Evans could play the 3 in that arrangement, although Gordon could potentially be moved.
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