While nothing but a formality, essentially, it was a move that would eventually happen and today it did as the Sacramento Kings extended a qualifying offer to Tyreke Evans.
Kings make Tyreke Evans a restricted free agent by making a qualifyingoffer.
The move was widely expected though I guess a small handful felt the Kings’ new ownership group may opt to go in a different direction, but that was never a realistic scenario even if they want/wanted to.
By extending Evans, the Kings can match any contract offered to the restricted free agent – whether or not they intend to do so remains to be seen.
In addition to being able to match any offer, the Kings can attempt to sign Evans to a multi-year deal if they’re so inclined or the two sides can play out the final year of his deal which will pay him nearly $7 million dollars.
Either way, outside of an outlandish offer from an opposing team which the Kings deem too expensive to match (which isn’t going to happen), expect to see Tyreke Evans in purple and black for at least one more season at minimum.