After introducing their two newest players to the local media, Kings' brass headed to Los Angeles to join the free agency frenzy.
Majority owner Vivek Ranadive, general manager Pete D'Alessandro and coach Michael Malone quickly exited Monday's press conference for rookies Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum to meet with restricted free agent Tyreke Evans, who could soon leave the team for a lucrative contract.
The Kings also met Monday with prized small forward Andre Iguodala.
The Pelicans on Sunday night met with Evans in Los Angeles with an offer sheet for four years worth at least $44 million, said a source familiar with the negotiations.
The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the individual was not authorized to speak publicly about negotiations.
Evans or any other restricted free agent cannot sign any team's offer sheet before July 10.
The Kings could match the offer to Evans made by the Pelicans. The Kings can also try to work out a sign-and-trade deal with New Orleans.
New Orleans point guard Greivis Vasquez and center Robin Lopez could be parts of a trade.
If Evans were to sign the offer sheet on July 10, the Kings would have three days to match the offer or lose Evans without any compensation.
Evans was seeking a multi-year offer from the Kings. But prior to meeting with Sacramento officials Monday, Evans had only received a one-year qualifying offer worth $6.9 million from the Kings.
Evans' scoring has declined each season since winning Rookie of the Year after the 2009-10 season. He went from playing point guard, to small forward to shooting guard last season.
Evans averaged 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists last season, all career lows, even though he posted career highs in field goal (.478) and three-point (.338) in a career-low 31 minutes per game.
But Evans was looking to earn at least $10 million annually in a deal similar to others from his 2009 draft class - such as Golden State's Stephen Curry signed.
The Pelicans view Evans as a combo guard and reportedly would make him their prized sixth man, a role Evans would unlikely accept in Sacramento.
In New Orleans, Evans would be grouped with recently-acquired All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday and shooting guard Eric Gordon.
Evans met with the Kings on Monday after meeting with the Detroit Pistons.
Evans was put off by the Kings' decision not to offer him a multi-year contract before Monday, instead allowing him to field offers.
Evans, according to the source, was left to wonder where he stood in the eyes of the Kings' new ownership, management and Malone.
Ranadive's first call - after the sale of the Kings was approved - was to DeMarcus Cousins, not Evans, which essentially let him know where he stood within the franchise.
It wasn't that Evans wasn't important, but Malone pointed out, when he was first hired, that Cousins was the player that should be the "cornerstone" of the team.
The Pelicans, however, made it clear Evans was a priority by meeting with him shortly after free agency officially began Sunday at 9:01 p.m. PST.
It's unlikely the Kings would match such a huge offer to Evans, especially after drafting two guards last week.
The team's biggest need remains at small forward and Iguodala would be a welcome addition.
Iguodala, 29, averaged 13 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.3 rebounds last season with the Denver Nuggets.
Those numbers are prolific, but Iguodala is considered one of the premier perimeter defenders in the NBA and he would be plugged in at small forward for Sacramento, which has struggled for years to find consistency at the position.
The question is how much would the Kings offer to a wing player that turns 30 during the 2013-14 season? Iguodala opted out of a contract that would have paid him $16 million next season.
D'Alessandro wants to be aggressive in upgrading the Kings but does not want to overbid on a player early in the free agency process.
The Kings will also be active in pursuing trades if a player like Iguodala cannot be signed at a reasonable price.
Iguodala has several suitors, including New Orleans and Denver, which acquired him from Philadelphia before the 2012-13 season.
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