Tyreke Evans said it still hasn't fully set in that at the start of his fifth NBA season he will not be a King. His hope when free agency began July 1 was that he would reach an agreement to stay in Sacramento. Instead, Evans will head to New Orleans in a sign-and-trade on Wednesday, when the NBA moratorium on transactions is lifted. "It's been interesting just going through the process figuring out what was going to happen," Evans said. "But at the end of the day, it was business. We (agent Arn Tellem and Evans' family) did what was best for my career. We definitely wanted to stay in Sac, but that didn't work out, so I have an opportunity to go to New Orleans." Evans will sign a four-year contract worth $44 million, the sum New Orleans offered him as a restricted free agent, and be dealt to the Pelicans in a three-team trade that will bring point guard Greivis Vasquez to Sacramento. Evans met with the Pelicans on Sunday night and the Kings the next day. But until Wednesday, he was not certain he'd wind up in New Orleans. Evans already had scheduled his basketball camp for next week in Rocklin knowing he might not be a King. Evans, however, said that wasn't an issue. The free camp, next Thursday and Friday, serves underprivileged youths. "I didn't really know if I was going to come back or not," Evans said. "New ownership, new coaches – things change. I really didn't know what was going on, but I was going to do the camp regardless." One hundred and fifty campers are scheduled to attend the camp each day. Also, children and guardians who qualify will receive free eye exams and glasses.
Evans says he wanted to stay with Kings
Sacramento Bee | Jul 6