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Reports: Pelicans to offer Tyreke Evans $40 million–$44 million

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Tyreke Evans, a restricted free agent, can’t sign an offer sheet until July 10.

But he can agree to terms on one, and though it wouldn’t be binding, it’s an extreme breach of protocol to renege at that point. So, Evans and teams can negotiate in good faith right now.

Once Evans signs an offer sheet, that becomes locked in as his next contract. Either the Kings match and he goes to Sacramento or they don’t and he goes to whichever team proposed the offer sheet.

He could be headed down that one-way road soon.

Sean Deveney of Sporting News:

A source told Sporting News that the Pelicans’ offer is in the range of four years and $40 million, and that New Orleans hopes to bring Evans off the bench in a Manu Ginobili-style role.

David Aldridge of NBA.com:

The gut reaction to this is the Kings wouldn’t match this offer, but don’t be so sure about that reports Sam Amick at the USA Today.

Owner Vivek Ranadive, general manager Pete D’Alessandro and coach Michael Malone are expected to take part in the meeting, and a person with knowledge of the Kings’ thinking said they are considering matching the offer if he agrees to sign it.

A four-year, $44 million contract could start with a 2013-14 salary as low as $10,304,450. That’s the only number that needs to fit under the cap, which still hasn’t been precisely set.

If the cap is set at the expected $58.5 million and the Pelicans are willing to offer Evans maximum raises, they could clear enough cap room by waiving Robin Lopez, renouncing Al-Farouq Aminu, Xavier Henry, Louis Amundson and Roger Mason and waiving one of Lance Thomas, Darius Miller, Brian Robertsor Terrel Harris.

Of course, if the Pelicans add Evans, trading Eric Gordon – a move that clear even more cap room – would make a lot of sense. The backcourt would just be getting pretty crowded.

DeMarcus Cousins pushes handsy Joakim Noah (video)

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Joakim Noah kept his hands on DeMarcus Cousins after getting called for a foul, and that – and/or the Kings heading toward their third straight loss – agitated Cousins into pushing the Knicks center.

Remember, Cousins and Noah have a history.

Aaron Gordon throws inbound pass off Marcus Morris’ back, scores (video)

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Aaron Gordon has backslid this season while playing out of his comfort zone at small forward, but there are still signs he’s progressing from great dunker toward great player – like this crafty inbounds pass off Marcus Morris‘ back.

Brandon Jennings sinks halfcourt shot after whistle (video)

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The NBA refuses to grant continuation when a player senses an intentional foul in the backcourt and launches a heave.

Fortunately, players continue to shoot anyway – which produced this fun Brandon Jennings non-basket.

Report: Kings forward Matt Barnes wanted for questioning after alleged New York nightclub fight

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Matt Barnes infamously fought then-Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating Barnes’ estranged wife, Gloria Govan. Barnes even bragged that violence is sometimes the answer.

His self-earned reputation won’t earn him the benefit of the doubt over an incident earlier today.

TMZ:

Sacramento Kings star Matt Barnes is wanted by NYPD for questioning after he allegedly choked a woman inside a nightclub early Monday morning — and TMZ Sports got video of him right after the incident.

Law enforcement sources tell us cops got a 911 call to Avenue Nightclub after midnight, reporting a man assaulting 2 women and another man. We’re told things got physical when Barnes allegedly choked one woman during an argument — and when 2 other people tried to intervene … he punched both of them.

In the video, Matt and a teammate — it appears to be DeMarcus Cousins — are talking about the fight. The teammate is clearly heard saying, “Matt hit the s*** out this ni***!”

Barnes was also arrested for domestic violence against Govan in 2011. But she said the incident was blown out of proportion, and the charges were dropped.

The Kings have already played at the Knicks and Nets, so Sacramento doesn’t return to New York this season.