Report: Pelicans making big offer to Tyreke Evans

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The Pelicans aren’t content adding just Jrue Holiday and Pierre Jackson to a dynamic backcourt that already included Eric Gordon and Greivis Vasquez.

They’re also ready to offer Tyreke Evans, a restricted free agent, a sizable contract. David Aldridge of NBA.com:

Using numbers from ShamSports.com, the Pelicans have $61,356,465 in salary counting against the cap, which is expected to be set at $58.5 million. But they can reduce their salary commitments to $47,121,716 by renouncing free agents Al-Farouq Aminu ($3,749,602 of additional cap space), Xavier Henry ($3,201,370), Louis Amundson ($884,293) and Roger Mason ($884,293) and waiving players with partially unguaranteed contracts Robin Lopez ($4,619,761), Lance Thomas ($884,293), Darius Miller ($788,872), Brian Roberts ( $788,872) and Terrel Harris ( $884,293). However, if the Kings drop more than four of those players from their books, a cap hold of $490,180 (equal to the minimum salary) would be subtracted from their cap space for each additional player renounced or waived.

Long story short, if the expected salary cap comes to fruition, the Pelicans could offer Evans a contract starting at $11,378,284. More than likely, that would prevent the Kings from matching and make Evans a Pelican. Even more likely, New Orleans wouldn’t offer quite that much, but that’s the amount available.

If the Pelicans sign Evans, would they use a three-guard backcourt, making Evans their nominal small forward, or would they explore a trade of Gordon? It’s always nice to add talent, but it’s not always simple to do or handle once its done.

Signing Evans to an offer sheet, which hasn’t yet happened, would merely be step one of many for New Orleans.