2013 NBA Free Agency: Sacramento Kings, Andre Iguodala Muddy the Waters for New Orleans Pelicans, Tyreke Evans

By Ryan Heckman

Late Tuesday night, the Sacramento Kings offered a four year contract worth over $52 million to free agent swingman Andre Iguodala. According to the report via Yahoo! Sports, the Kings became the front runner to land Iggy.

Within just a couple hours, Sacramento withdrew the offer — something you don’t see very often.

For the moment, Iguodala’s likeliness to go to Sacramento meant that Tyreke Evans was that much closer to heading to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans have discussed both sign-and-trade options involving Eric Gordon as well as just flat out offering Evans a contract.

With the deal being withdrawn by Sacramento, does this affect the Pelicans’ chances of landing Evans?

At this point, I don’t think it hurts their chances in getting Evans. It may affect how New Orleans goes about it, though. The Kings haven’t been too active on keeping Evans in Sacramento so far, and appear willing to let him go.

The strong interest in Iguodala, for the moment, proved they could be just fine with Evans heading elsewhere.

For the Pelicans, it just may mean that they now have to offer a sign-and-trade involving Gordon — which wouldn’t be the worst case scenario. New Orleans has been in the market for a trade suitor for Gordon for quite some time, and if they could get Evans in return they would save a bit of their cap space.

It may wind up being a win for the Pelicans. I don’t think Gordon is happy with being in New Orleans, and could do better elsewhere. It may be worth the Pelicans trying to deal him either for Evans or another potential deal.

In any event, Evans could very well wind up in New Orleans and I think he ultimately will. It’s just a matter of time and how it gets done.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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