The first real challenge to the new ownership has arrived, and it's a legitimately difficult one:
To match, or not to match?
Four years, $44 million dollars, a figure that's pretty much dead-center on what we thought might be waiting out there for Tyreke Evans as July 1 arrived. And all things considered, it's not an insane offer, although it's at the upper end of what I could live with.
There are a lot of scenarios floating around in the ether, what could we get in a S&T, etc, and so on. I think there are decent outcomes that can be reached whether Evans stays or goes. My opinion is that as its roster stands now, New Orleans is a fairly bad fit for Evans, if he wants to start in either guard position.
My concern is about Kings ownership, which is left in a difficult spot right out of the gate: What will the fan response be to letting a restricted free agent walk without matching the offer? Even if it's the smart play (and there are a number of ways that it could be), it will give the impression to an abused fanbase that it faces more of the same cheap-assedness that was so legion in the former regime.
On the other hand, if they dump $44 million into Evans and fail to land a first-rate free agent (Igoudala, and that's it, truth be told), then all they've achieved is bringing back essentially the same team that was so difficult to watch last season.
This thread isn't about scenarios, this is about pressure on the front office. Without knowing if you can get Igoudala, what do you do if you're in Pete D's tiny little shoes? Re-sign and hope there's more, or focus on free agents and be fully prepared to build a roster around Ben McLemore, a promising rookie, but a rookie nonetheless.
Don't answer based on emotion, likes, dislikes, whatever. Answer this from a business and basketball standpoint. Or don't answer at all, you don't work for me.