Apr 15, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans (13) handles the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha (2) during the first half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Sacramento Kings, Tyreke Evans Encouraged By Meeting

Apparently offered a four year contract in the range of $44 to $48 million dollars by the New Orleans Pelicans, Tyreke Evans has a lot of reasons to leave Sacramento – but money isn’t everything.

With a New Orleans offer sheet waiting for Evans’ signature, members of the Sacramento Kings brass including owner Vivek Ranadive met with the former Memphis Tiger today in Los Angeles which left the 2010 NBA Rookie of the Year encouraged, this according to Sam Amick:

Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, GM Pete D’Alessandro, coach Michael Malone met with Tyreke Evans in LA & stressed how much they want him.

No clarity on whether they’d match offer from New Orleans, but Evans left encouraged by the message that was sent. He likes it in Sacto.

The Sacramento Bee’s Jason Jones reports that the Hornets offer sheet is crafted to discourage the Kings from matching, so unlike most scenarios where a player signs the offer sheet in hopes his team will match, Evans may be holding out until he’s explored all avenues.

It could also be the hope of the Kings that they can convince Evans to leave a few dollars on the table with the assurance of a starting job and that he wont be used as a small forward, two things the Pelicans seemingly can not offer given what we’ve heard.

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