The new look New Orleans Pelicans continue to make moves to bolster their roster. After completing a big trade shipping out Nerlens Noel on Draft Night for All-Star point guard, Jrue Holiday, the Pelicans have now come to a verbal agreement with free agent combo guard, Tyreke Evans, for a four-year $44 million deal.
Evans has played mostly point guard, but is seen as most effective as a wing player, and it is believed that New Orleans will look for a sign-and-trade with Sacramento to send out the now expendable Greivis Vasquez, as reported by USA Today:
Restricted free agent and former Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans has given the New Orleans Pelicans a verbal agreement that he will sign their four-year, $44 million offer sheet, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the situation. The Sacramento Kings, Evans' former team, will now have until three days after the free agency moratorium is lifted on July 10 to decide whether to match the offer.
It remains to be seen if the Kings will match the Pelicans' offer, but they will likely explore sign and trade possibilities in which they may be able to net New Orleans point guard Greivis Vasquez. Because the Pelicans recently traded for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday from Philadelphia in a deal that can't be formalized until July 10, Vasquez – who was a Most Improved Player candidate last season – is far more expendable than before.