Tyreke Evans Head To New Orleans? Kyle Korver Staying in ATL

Kings shooting guard Tyreke Evans, who looks like he will be moving to New Orleans.

Kings shooting guard Tyreke Evans, who looks like he will be moving to New Orleans.

Versatile shooting guard Tyreke Evans, former Rookie of the Year winner, is apparently ready to sign an offer sheet with the New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings, who hold the restricted free agent’s rights may look to work a sign and trade instead of outright matching the offer the Pelicans have put on the table (worth a reported 44 million over 4 years).  The shooting guard has seen both his minutes and his scoring averages decline since his rookie year, despite the fact that his FG% has increased each of the last two season.  Evans has also developed a reliable three-point shot over the past year and puts up solid rebounding and assist numbers.  The Kings seem less impressed with the guard than the Pelicans, but can perhaps afford to let him go due to the back-log of guards the Kings currently have on their roster (though Evans is perhaps the best backcourt player the Kings have).  The oddity of the deal is that the Kings are hoping to turn this into a sign and trade whereby the Kings pick up point guard Greivis Vasquez, which the Pelicans may be willing to do considering they just traded for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday.  The move would give the Kings clear choices for their starting backcourt while the Pelicans would find themselves with two starting shooting guards in Evens and Eric Gordon (who the teams is reportedly looking to move, but given his contract and injury history, that may be hard to accomplish).  Evans though is versatile and could play either guard position and perhaps even play the small forward position as effectively as most.

Sharp-shooting swingman Kyle Korver who appears to have undergone some extreme teeth-whitening procedure... oh wait, that's just a mouth guard.

Sharp-shooting swingman Kyle Korver who appears to have undergone some extreme teeth-whitening procedure… oh wait, that’s just a mouth guard.

In other news the Atlanta Hawks have offered a surprisingly lucrative deal to swingman Kyle Korver (4 years for a reported 24 million).  Several teams were looking to add the marksman who last season shot .457 from beyond the arc and has shot as high a percentages as .536 from the three point zone; the highest single-season percentage in NBA history.  He’s led the league in both three-points shooting and free-throw shooting in the past and can play either shooting guard or small forward.  Keeping Korver was perhaps a bit of a surprise, especially considering his age and the size of the contract.  The Hawks were also competing with several other teams for Korver’s services.  No deals can be signed until July 10th though. 

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