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Tyreke Evans to the New Orleans? Count me out.


Somebody spent hours on this. Think about that.

The NBA hasn’t seen an offseason like this one before.  The Draft was absolute bedlam, coaches are getting traded for picks (I didn’t even know that was possible), and “superstars” like Dwight Howard are clamoring equally for contracts and attention.  In all of that, it can be hard to keep track of just how our favorite professional players are affected.  Some got an unexpected payday (Keith Bogans), and others took a temporary hit (Nerlens Noel).  But two of BBN’s favorite players in recent years are about to be affected very differently by a possible free agent acquisition.

The New Orleans Pelicans are fresh off of picking Nerlens and shipping him to Philly, which is really a pretty good move.  Nerlens gets to live close to home, and rehab his knee with an organization that has history being patient with knee injuries (see: Andrew Bynum).  As much as we’d like to see a Nerlens/Davis combo, a Nerlens/Bynum combo could be a lot of fun for the former Wildcat, too.  One’s got the strength, the other’s got the athleticism.  It could be fun.  Meanwhile, the Pelicans get 23-year-old All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday, who should take some of the ball-handling responsibility from the insufferable Austin Rivers and better-than-expected Greivis Vasquez.  Overall, this is a solid move for New Orleans.

But they’re not finished with their backcourt, according to my extended Twitter fam:


That offer sheet might be something like $44 million over four years.  That’s big money, especially for a guy whose stats were significantly lower across the board this year than his career averages.  And I’m not the only one noticing this; literally as I’m typing this, KSR favorite Gregg Doyel tweeted out similar concerns:



There’s no doubt Evans is talented, but he’s been somewhat mysterious during his time in Sacramento.  And he’s not exactly on the upswing.  Not to mention the deal would force New Orleans into either starting three guards, or trading Eric Gordon.  There are more question marks with this move than there are with the Nerlens/Jrue trade, but the real concern is this…

Picking up Evans would likely mean dropping Darius Miller.  That $11m/year salary has to come from somewhere, and unfortunately for the former Wildcat, it’ll probably come in the form of a mass dumping of reserves who take up room toward the salary cap.  Because Miller’s contract is a second-rounder, it’s only partially guaranteed.  So while he has a higher PER (Player Efficiency Rating) than Austin Rivers, with a smaller contract, he’d be toward the front of the line on the chopping block.  It would also leave the Pelicans with one fewer capable 3-point shooter at the SF position.

We all want the best for our former Wildcats, even if that means they can’t always play together.  Anthony and Nerlens would have been amazing to see, but I’m really happy to have Jrue Holiday in there to make Anthony better.  This Evans deal, though, might hurt both Davis and Miller.  Miller, obviously, would be looking for a new team, and Davis might not get the looks he wants if he has to share with Austin Rivers AND Tyreke Evans.

So, let’s hope that, for whatever reason, Tyreke Evans likes it in Sacramento.

Article written by Corey Nichols

21 Comments for Tyreke Evans to the New Orleans? Count me out.

  1. Billy Glide
    6:04 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t do it Pelicans! He’s a high-jacker!

  2. Cotton Nash
    6:07 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Say what?????

  3. Good news is...
    6:28 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    that a team would pick up Darius in no time. 6-7 athletic wing that can shoot the 3. There are 2 dozen teams that will want that on their roster

  4. Wow
    6:40 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Corey Nichols you blind fool. Pelicans aren’t keeping Eric Gordon. So how would that affect Darius? If you had any pro basketball knowledge you would be able to see that this has SIGN AND TRADE all over it. EG for Tyreke is not a bad deal considering Gordon’s injury history. Plus NOLA is gonna offer Iggy the house.

    Pissed off Pelicans Fan.

  5. Gavin S.
    6:46 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe they want to get into the suck for Wiggins race.

  6. I agree with 4
    6:47 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    It really is pitiful that you didnt more research, eric gordon is very available and as an avid tyreke fan it doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure out anywhere tyreke can go where he doesnt have to be the primary option is a great place for him, gives him room to do what he does best. mid range game and driving.

  7. Did that painting take longer than the Anthony Davis cereal portrait?

  8. bill
    7:14 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Evans stats are Lower bc sactown is a patheticly ran franchise

  9. Hmmmmm
    7:37 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    This does not jeopardize Darius. In fact, it makes him more valuable. They need cap room, so they keep players signed to the league minimum. How many players making $400K do you have to cut to make up $11 million? It is not possible.

  10. Bobbum man
    7:47 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Andrew Bynum is a bum

  11. Austin
    7:51 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    It is possible that Darius could get cut here. I don’t think it is a guarantee. NOLA would also be looking to trade Vazquez and Lopez to free up the money. Pelicans are messing up in my opinion. Should have kept Nerlens and stayed patient for one more year. Hopefully Darius lands on his feet either way.

  12. Yesterdays
    8:06 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Tyreke Evans is one of those guys who never seems to be on winning teams. Then again, this is the latest move in the NBA that absolutely baffles me. Like when the Pacers drafted Plumlee and the Rockets bringing in Jeremy Lin.

  13. Miller time
    8:30 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    I’m agree with #9. Wouldn’t Miller with his low NBA pay be in better shape with NOLA? Wouldn’t a team trying to cut pay want a cheap bench player who can play multiple positions like Miller.

  14. moreheadcatfan
    8:35 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    man you really need to do more research before posting. first bynumis NOT staying with the 76ers. they signed him for one year. there is very little reason why they would resign him. second cutting miller would make no sense. to free up the cap room the pelicans will need to get rid of higher contracts like Eric Gordon. miller is not guaranteed to stay in nola but only because they may look to sign other cheap.players and may run out of spots. the tyreke situation will have little to no effect on miller.

  15. Ruppeat Offender
    8:55 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Tyreke does not play PG anymore and Gordon is being pushed out the door. Vasquez is obviously very unhappy with Holliday being acquired and will likely be dealt soon. Do some math before you post, yo.

  16. Eazy E or Eric Wright it's all the same
    10:08 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Evans does in fact love Sac-Town from what I hear. And it doesn’t hurt the Kings’ chances that he just bought a mansion there. Evans shot a career-high percentage-wise from the field and beyond the arc. His slight regression in points per game and assists over the last couple years can be attributed to the emergence of Isaiah Thomas, who also sees time at the point. His assist to turnover ratio was actually better than last year’s, which is what you should be paying attention to since Thomas has cut into Evans’ time as primary ball handler.

  17. c'mon, man
    10:30 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    I love Darius, but saying he had a higher PER than Austin Rivers is like saying a guy who hit .180 had a higher batting average than a guy who hit .175…they were literally two of the five worst players in the league in terms of PER (our boy Doron Lamb was dead last in PER for the record).

  18. Hartline
    11:02 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Pissed off Pelicans fan here as well. While I’m not confident they’re going to offer Iggy the house after this deal, Darius Miller is not affected by this trade. Vasquez or Gordon are the ones who are gone and will free up any of the salary cap they need to get stuff done.

    In fact, since Tyreke Evans refuses to play small forward, Miller’s presence on the bench (at this point) makes him a huge asset to the team.

    I don’t normally criticize writers but you know there’s a problem when Pelicans fans are coming out of the wood work.

    Go Pelicans. Brow Down.

  19. Blueneck
    8:25 am July 2, 2013 Permalink

    I guess Corey thinks he is an NBA expert since he watched the finals. Either he is “delusional” or he doesn’t get math. Teams have to have a certain number of players on roster (like Jorts gettin cut cause Houston had too many) so if they cut Miller it saves them a roster spot, not any real money. That’s assuming they bring all their other players back which won’t happen. More than likely they will let someone else walk. With Holiday, Evans, and Davis (a mini big 3) they will need to surround with low cost role players and you can’t get cheaper than Miller.
    Evans is overrated.

  20. Nerlens
    10:51 am July 2, 2013 Permalink

    I’m sorry, but Corey doesn’t really follow the Pelicans or the NBA much.

    a.) Eric Gordon – He is on the trading block and has been there since the end of last season. Dell would to trade Gordon if he can find the right deal, but won’t part with Gordon for nothing.
    b.) Darius Miller – Adding Evans to the roster really has no impact on Darius Miller. There are 12 players on an active NBA roster(not 6 or 7) and the Pelicans are looking to cut salary. This makes Miller’s team option for $800K very attractive because he will be cheaper than almost anyone they would add in free agency to fill out the roster.

  21. comparateur mutuelle
    12:24 pm July 2, 2013 Permalink

    thanks for sharing this nice blog