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Tyreke Evans To Sign Pelicans’ Offer Sheet

9:03pm: Evans has officially given a verbal commitment to the Pelicans that he will sign their offer sheet on July 10, tweets USA Today's Sam Amick.  David Aldridge of confirms Amick's report via Twitter.  The Kings will have three days to match the four-year, $44MM offer. 

8:41pm: Stein is now hearing that the Pelicans and Evans are finalizing an offer sheet (via Twitter).  Meanwhile, Jason Jones reports that Evans planned on giving the Kings until today to make an offer or he'd agree to the New Orleans offer sheet.  There have been conflicting reports regarding where Evans would like to end up, as can be typical when it comes to restricted free agents. 

6:07pm:  Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee tweets that Evans is waiting on the Kings to make him an offer before committing to New Orleans, presumably in response to the ESPN report.  Jones also tweets that while Evans is aware the Kings can always match the offer sheet, he wants to give them every chance to beat it.  It is worth noting that it was Jones who reported earlier that Evans would prefer to sign in Sacramento.

5:41pm:  We heard earlier today that there was no guarantee that restricted free agent Tyreke Evans would sign the four-year, $44MM contract offer extended to him by the Pelicans, and that a comparable offer from the Kings would ensure he stays put in Sacramento.  Now, per a report from Marc Stein and Jeff Goodman of ESPN, it appears that Evans is "ready for a change" and plans to sign in New Orleans.  The report cites sources "familiar with his thinking."

Evans has been frustrated by the negotiations with the Kings and is "determined" to leave the organization and sign with the Pelicans on the first day possible, according to the report.  Evans has yet to verbally agree to the deal with New Orleans, but it is an "inevitability" for that to happen this week.  Evans apparently plans to sign the Pelicans' offer sheet on July 10 – the first day possible per NBA restrictions – and giving the Kings three days from then to either match the offer or pass. 

After Sacramento drafted Ben McLemore last week and extended a big offer to Andre Iguodala yesterday, before withdrawing it today, Evans seems to be hurt that the team, and new owner Vivek Ranadive, has yet to make a realistic attempt at bringing him back.  According to the source, the Kings could have retained Evans had they showed interest earlier. 

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