According to a handful of reports, the Sacramento Kings are not expected to match the offer sheet presented to Tyreke Evans and will trade the former NBA Rookie of the Year to the New Orleans Hornets. In exchange, the Sacramento Kings will acquire point guard Greivis Vasquez and Robin Lopez.
Per the Sacramento Bee:
The Kings will not match the four-year, $44 million offer sheet that Tyreke Evans has agreed to sign with the New Orleans Pelicans. According to sources close to the situation, the new Kings management group instead is hoping to close Thursday on a sign-and-trade agreement involving Pelicans point guard Greivis Vasquez and backup center Robin Lopez.
No deals can be finalized until July 10.
Lopez has a buyout in his contract that makes both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 contracts non-guaranteed if waived by tomorrow, however, that clearly will not happen so both of the next two seasons will be guaranteed. He will make just over $5 million dollars in each of the next two seasons.
As for Vasquez, who is coming off double ankle surgery, he will enter the final year of his rookie deal and will become a restricted free agent at season end. The former Maryland point guard averaged 14 points and 9 assists last season.
We’ll have more on the trade in the coming days.