The Kings have been very quiet on the Free Agent front since rescinding their offer to Denver's Andre Iguodala yesterday. Meanwhile, Sacramento's own Free Agent, Tyreke Evans, is mulling whether or not to accept a 4 year, $44 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.
According to ESPN's Marc Stein and John Goodman, Evans is leaning towards accepting New Orleans' offer.
Yet one source close to the situation said Wednesday that Evans feels disrespected that new Kings owner Vivek Ranadive had yet to make any formal offer aimed at retaining him.
The source said: "They are stalling and he feels he has no choice. If they had shown loyalty to him earlier, he probably would have stayed there. He wasn't trying to leave, but now he feels as though he has to."
Now I will say that we heard last night from James Ham and this morning from Jason Jones that Tyreke's preference is to stay in Sacramento should he get similar money. Jones also tweeted this after ESPN's report came out:
Tyreke Evans is stil waiting on the Kings to make him an offer before committing to New Orleans.— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) July 3, 2013
Being a Restricted Free Agent is tough. The Kings don't have to make Evans an offer at all, as if they want to keep him they can choose to match. It's probable the reason they have not yet committed to Evans is that they are taking their time to survey all available options first.
Also, it's possible that this ESPN report is completely false and Evans isn't close to accepting New Orleans' offer. Per Carmichael Dave:
Sources close to Tyreke Evans flat out refute ESPN report, still very open to resigning with Sacramento.— Carmichael Dave (@CarmichaelDave) July 3, 2013
Evans' camp, when asked about the ESPN report, responded at first with a simple "Not True".— Carmichael Dave (@CarmichaelDave) July 3, 2013
Sources inside the Tyreke Evans camp are refuting the reports that Tyreke Evans wants out of Sacramento. 100%.— James Ham (@James_Ham) July 3, 2013
I'm leaning towards the local guys on this one. I trust James, Jason and Dave's sources in Evans camp.