Pro Hoops Central NBA Roundup: Evans Likely To Become A Pelican

Tyreke Evans

Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon highlight the Thursday edition of the Pro Hoops Central NBA Roundup.

  • There have been rumors floating around that Sacramento Kings guard/forward Tyreke Evans was being shopped around, specifically to the New Orleans Pelicans.

If what Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee (via Twitter) reports is true, then Evans, via sign-and-trade, will in fact become a member of the Pelicans.

Specifically, Sacramento will sign then trade Evans to New Orleans for point guard Greveis Vazquez and center Robin Lopez.

Had the Kings opted not go this route, they would have had a three-day window to match the offer sheet, assuming Evans signed the sheet on July 10.

This trade makes plenty of sense as while the Kings do give up Evans, they get some assets as part of the deal.

  • Speaking of the Pelicans, the rumor had it that shooting guard Eric Gordon was on his way out of The Big Easy.

Not so fast.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Gordon may have had a change of heart as he is now saying that he is “all in” on account of the likely Evans trade.

Says Wojnarowski:

“I’m all in with the Pelicans,” said Gordon, who has been friends with Holiday and Evans since their AAU days. “It would be great if we can all play together. I would say we’d definitely have a chance to make the playoffs.”

“I wouldn’t say I’m 100 percent, but I do feel comfortable I am coming back,” Gordon said. “I think there is a good to great chance I will be back.”

All of a sudden, the Pelicans have become relevant, assuming this transaction takes place. What will be interesting is how you place those three in the lineup, knowing that Evans can play the 1, 2 and when needed, the 3.

Holiday is clearly a point guard, while Gordon is a shooting guard. Nevertheless, New Orleans improved their roster with the inevitable acquisition of Evans.

  • The good news for the Charlotte Bobcats is that they are pursuing Utah Jazz big man Al Jefferson. The potential bad news? Jefferson wants about $15 million per year, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN. My guess is that Jefferson is waiting to see what happens to Dwight Howard before he proceeds.
  • Unrestricted former Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo appears to be closing in on a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks. Both Mayo and the Bucks are going to continue talks on Thursday, according to Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

An interesting scenario between both parties as the Bucks aren’t in a position to give up on the 2013-14 season, yet at the same time, they seem ill-prepared to take on additional players for the short-term. Could a rebuild be in the cards? Stay tuned.

 

 

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