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Tyreke Evans averaged a career-low 15.2 points last season but recorded career highs in field-goal and three-point percentages.

Kings notes: Team makes qualifying offer to Evans

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 5:38 pm

The Kings made a qualifying offer to guard Tyreke Evans on Tuesday, making him a restricted free agent, in the first personnel move involving a player by the team's new management.

Under the offer, Evans would make $6.9 million next season. If the Kings had not made him the qualifying offer, he would have become an unrestricted free agent Monday.

The Kings now can match any offer sheet Evans might sign with another team. They also could part with Evans in a sign-and-trade deal.

They still can negotiate a long-term deal with Evans, a strategy they used with Jason Thompson last year when he was a restricted free agent. Thompson eventually signed a five-year contract.

Evans was the 2009-10 Rookie of the Year after averaging 20.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists as the starting point guard.

Injuries and position changes led to a drop in his numbers the past three seasons, and last season he averaged a career-low 15.2 points. But, primarily as the shooting guard, he shot career bests from the field (47.8 percent) and three-point range (33.8 percent) last season.

Evans, who finished his third season as the starting small forward, has averaged 17.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.4 steals in four seasons.

Dad's officially on board – Coach Michael Malone's father, Brendan, was officially added to the coaching staff Tuesday.

"I'm excited to add a coach with the breadth of basketball knowledge my father provides," Michael Malone said in a statement. "Aside from the benefits of having a trusted family member by my side, he's a talented coach who brings more than 25 years of invaluable NBA experience to Sacramento."

The Malones and Bill and Eric Musselman are the only father and son to be head coaches in the NBA.

In 1995, Brendan Malone became the first coach of the Toronto Raptors. Bill Musselman coached the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves for two seasons each. And both of their sons now have coached the Kings.

Brendan Malone's coaching career began at renowned Power Memorial High School in New York in 1968. He also coached in college, including as Rhode Island's head coach.

Malone was an assistant with Detroit when the Pistons won back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990. He also has been an assistant with Cleveland and the New York Knicks. He most recently spent five seasons on Stan Van Gundy's Orlando Magic staff from 2007 to 2012.

Follow The Bee's Jason Jones on Twitter @mr_jasonjones and read more about the team at www.sacbee.com/kings.

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