New Orleans Pelicans Give Tyreke Evans An Offer, Make Biggest Mistake of the Offseason

By Devin O'Barr

In four years at the NBA level, Tyreke Evans has gotten progressively worse each and every season.

Showing up to camp in awful shape has become a yearly tradition for Evans, but the New Orleans Pelicans reportedly want to build their franchise around the underachieving shooting guard.

Entering this offseason as a restricted free agent, many thought that Evans would surely return to the Sacramento Kings, who he has played for since being drafted into the league in 2009. However, the Pelicans have offered No. 13 a deal worth more than $44 million over the next four seasons. Not only is that an enormous amount of money, but Evans wouldn’t even be guaranteed a starting role with his new team.

Currently, the Pelicans feature four guards and they all expect to have a major impact on the team in 2013-14. Can anyone tell me why New Orleans needs Jrue Holiday, Austin Rivers, Grevis Vasquez and Evans on the roster?

This is a prime example of what not to do in NBA free agency — overpaying for guys like Evans will eventually bite the Pelicans in the rear. At this point in his career, No. 13 isn’t even worth a contract let alone a multi-million-dollar deal. Reeling in another ball hog will only disrupt the New Orleans offense and what it hopes to do in the near future. Given the longevity of the contract, this is also the type of move that sets an organization back for years.

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