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Calderon Rejects Offer, Evans Moved by Kings
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On July 4, 2013 @ 5:22 pm In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
The Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trail Blazers have a verbal agreement on a deal that will send restricted free agent Tyreke Evans to the Pelicans, point guard Greivis Vasquez to the Kings and center Robin Lopez to the Portland Trail Blazers, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the trade can’t be formalized until July 10.
Evans gave the New Orleans Pelicans a verbal agreement on Wednesday that he would sign their four-year, $44 million offer sheet, but the 2009-10 Rookie of the Year was in waiting while his soon-to-be former team deliberated on how to avoid losing him for nothing in return rather than matching the offer. Because the Pelicans recently traded for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday from Philadelphia in a deal that can’t be formalized until July 10, Vasquez – who was a Most Improved Player candidate last season – is far more expendable than before.
Yet the Kings didn’t decide to finalize this deal until they missed out on free agent point guard Jose Calderon, who declined an offer to play for them mid-day Thursday.
“They showed him a great vision, made a great offer, but the timing wasn’t right,” Calderon’s agent, Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports, told USA TODAY Sports.
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