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Tyreke Evans to the New Orleans Pelicans
- Updated: July 4, 2013
On July 4th, another big move went down in the NBA. Sacramento Kings point guard/shooting guard/small forward Tyreke Evans decided to sign the New Orleans Pelicans’ offer sheet for a 4 year/44 million dollar contract. Not wanting to lose Evans for nothing, Sacramento and New Orleans engaged in trade talks. Eventually the Portland Trailblazers got involved, and a deal finally formalized that cannot become official until July 10th.
To New Orleans: Tyreke Evans (From Sacramento), Jeff Withey (From Portland)
New Orleans keeps making splashes this offseason. Having already acquired point guard Jrue Holiday from the Philadelphia 76ers, Evans looks like he will step into the small forward spot in the starting five. Having All Star Holiday at the point and Eric Gordon and Evans as the wings sounds incredibly dangerous for the Pelicans. Evans gives the Pelicans another big name with the potential to be a star in the NBA. If both he, Anthony Davis, and Eric Gordon can live up to their potential, the Pelicans all of a sudden have four potential All Stars on the roster. Jeff Withey adds some decent depth at the center position, and a different dynamic than Anthony Davis at the center position.
To Sacramento: Greivis Vasquez (From New Orleans), 2 future second round picks (From Portland)
This seems like a big win for the Kings. Sacramento’s roster has been full of black hole shooters for a few years. Evans, joined by Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Thornton made up a perimeter of players who liked to shoot and score, but not really to pass. The backcourt was jammed with high volume shooters and no one to get the ball to them consistently. Vasquez steps in as a guy who averaged 9 assists per game last year, and led the league in total assists. He’s the perfect guy for Sacramento, and as the Kings look to add big names, the 6’6 point guard’s minute salary will help give them the cap space to attract some good players.
To Portland: Robin Lopez, Terrel Harris (Both from New Orleans)
Portland was included in this trade to make the cap numbers work. Terrel Harris was just kind of a sweetener, however Portland got a pretty big win by bringing in Lopez. Portland only has Meyers Leonard at the center position, and could use some experience at the position. Lopez brings that, and simply allows for Portland to have more depth in the front court which they desperately needed. The Trailblazers only gave up 2 second round picks and Jeff Withey, a second round pick this year, in the deal, and whenever 3 second rounders equals a guy who put up 11.3 PPG, 5.6 RPG, and 1.6 BPG last season you got a good deal.
It truly looks like every team came out of this trade winners. What do you think about the trade? Let me know in the comments section!
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