Former NBA Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans is ready for a change of scenery.
Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com Wednesday that Evans, frustrated by the state of his negotiations with the Sacramento Kings as a restricted free agent, is determined to leave the organization and plans to sign an offer sheet with the New Orleans Pelicans on the first allowable day.
Evans took his first formal steps in that direction Wednesday night when he verbally agreed to sign a four-year, $44 million offer sheet with the Pelicans. He'll officially sign the offer sheet July 10, when the league's annual moratorium on signings and trades is lifted. Sacramento then would have three days either to match or pass on the offer.
The Kings' position on matching such an offer to Evans appears to be in flux after Sacramento elected Tuesday to pull back a four-year, $52 million offer to Denver free-agent swingman Andre Iguodala. Earlier Tuesday, ESPN.com reported that the Kings had opted to make signing Iguodala their top free-agent priority, which appeared to suggest that Evans was expendable, especially after Sacramento selected guard Ben McLemore with the seventh overall pick in last week's NBA draft.
The Sacramento Bee, citing sources, reported the Kings won't match the Pelicans' offer to Evans and will instead try to complete a sign-and-trade with New Orleans to acquire point guard Greivis Vasquez and center Robin Lopez in exchange for Evans.
One source close to the situation said Wednesday that Evans feels disrespected because new Kings owner Vivek Ranadive has yet to make any formal offer to him.
"They are stalling and he feels he has no choice," the source said. "If they had shown loyalty to him earlier, he probably would have stayed there. He wasn't trying to leave, but now he feels as though he has to."
If Evans does wind up in New Orleans, he'll join newly acquired All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday and Eric Gordon in a reconfigured and deep backcourt, with Ryan Anderson and 2012 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis in the frontcourt.
Evans has spent all four seasons of his NBA career with the Kings, averaging 17.5 points, 4.8 assists and 4.8 rebounds. He also has drawn interest from Atlanta, Detroit and Denver -- with sources saying the Kings and Nuggets explored sign-and-trade scenarios when Sacramento was chasing Iguodala -- but New Orleans' interest has been by far the most serious he has received.