Kings guard Tyreke Evans, a restricted free agent, met with the New Orleans Pelicans in Los Angeles on Sunday night, shortly after the free-agency period opened at 9:01 p.m. PDT, The Bee has learned.
Evans' agent, Arn Tellum, is based in Southern California.
The Kings extended a qualifying offer to Evans last week, worth $6.9 million for the upcoming season. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard can negotiate with other teams and sign an offer sheet, and the Kings have until July 10 to match an offer or negotiate a sign-and-trade deal. The Pelicans could send point guard Greivis Vasquez or shooting guard Eric Gordon.
Evans, drafted fourth overall in 2009, has averaged 17.5 points, 4.8 assists and 4.8 rebounds in 257 games for the Kings. He was named the NBA Rookie of Year after averaging 20.1 points, 5.8 assists and 5.3 rebounds as a point guard. Evans also has played small forward in his four seasons with the Kings.
David Aldridge of NBA.com reported Sunday that New Orleans had a "big" offer sheet ready for the meeting with Evans, who is believed to be seeking about $10 million annually.
Catching a break On the night of June 9, Shane Gibson was invited to a predraft workout with the Kings the following morning. Gibson made the most of his chance and earned an invitation to play for the Kings' summer-league team next week in Las Vegas.
"I was surprised, because I hadn't heard anything from a team," Gibson said of the workout. "I was just thankful. I'm going to show them what I can do."
Gibson, a 6-foot-2 guard from Sacred Heart in Connecticut who averaged 21.6 points last season, was in Sacramento working with trainer Guss Armstead and playing in the Sacramento Professional Developmental League at Capital Christian High School.
The development league's final game is tonight at 7:15. Admission is $7 and children 12 and under are free.
More summer league Iowa State forward Will Clyburn also is scheduled to play for the Kings during the summer league, and St. Joseph's forward C.J. Aiken and Detroit Mercy big man Nick Minnerath could join the team.
Aiken, Clyburn and Minnerath participated in predraft workouts with the Kings, and Minnerath was a teammate of Kings second-round pick Ray McCallum at Detroit Mercy.
Both of the Kings' draft picks, Ben McLemore and McCallum, will be on the team.