Tyreke Evans headlines three-team deal involving Kings, Pelicans, Blazers
The deal most notably sends Evans to the Pelicans via a sign-and-trade, with the Kings receiving guard Greivis Vasquez in turn. Meanwhile, the Trail Blazers will acquire center Robin Lopez from the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Blazers are sending second-round pick Jeff Whithey, a center out of Kansas, to the Pelicans and future second-round picks to the Kings as part of the deal, while also receiving guard Terrel Harris from the Pelicans. The Trail Blazers will also be accountable for the $1,568,999 increase triggered in Lopez's contract since he's being traded.
The 23-year-old Evans had already arrived to a verbal agreement with the Pelicans on Wednesday to sign their four-year, $44 million offer sheet, while waiting for the Kings to avoid losing him for nothing in return rather than matching the Pelicans’ offer sheet.
26-year-old Greivis Vasquez was considered far more expendable by the Pelicans this year since the team already acquired All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday in draft-day trade deal that sent sixth overall pick Nerlens Noel to Philadelphia. The 6-foot-6 Vasquez was the Pelicans’ starting point guard, averaging career-highs with 13.9 points and nine assists per game, and was widely considered one of the most improved players in the league last season.
The 7-foot Robin Lopez was the Pelicans’ starting center after landing there in a trade with the Phoenix Suns last year. Robin Lopez posted career high with 11.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game last season.
Meanwhile, the former Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans averaged 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game last season, while starting 61 of 65 contests for the Kings, who originally selected him with the first-round pick in the 2009 NBA draft. Evans’ versatility will allow him to slide into a backup role for both Jrue Holiday and high-scoring shooting guard Eric Gordon, if the Pelicans decide not to trade Gordon after played in just 51 games over the past two seasons and has a history of knee problems.