New Orleans Pelicans Point guard Greivis Vasquez was acquired by the Sacramento Kings in a three-team trade. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
SACRAMENTO, CA - The Tyreke Evans era officially ended on Wednesday, as the Sacramento Kings announced they had traded their former Rookie of the Year to New Orleans as part of a sign-and-trade, three-team deal.
In the trade, Sacramento acquired 26-year-old point guard Greivis Vasquez from New Orleans. Last season he averaged a career high 13.9 points and dished nine assists per game - good for third most in the NBA.
The deal was formally announced today once the NBA free agency signing period opened this morning, allowing Evans - a Kings restricted free agent to officially sign his new four-year deal worth $11-million.
The Kings also acquired a second round draft pick in 2016 and a future second round consideration from the Portland, who picked up Robin Lopez and Terrel Harris from the Pelicans in exchange for the draft rights to center Jeff Withey.
"We're excited to welcome Greivis to the team," Kings General Manager Pete D'Alessandro said in a statement. "He established himself as one of the league's most talented young point guards last season and we're confident he'll continue this trajectory in Sacramento."
Vasquez was selected with the 28th overall pick in 2010 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies.
Evans figured to be the face of the Kings franchise in 2009 when he went on to win the NBA's Rookie of the Year award, becoming only the fourth player ever to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game in the season. He was selected with the fourth overall pick and averaged 17.5points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game in 257 games, over four seasons with Sacramento.
"We also thank Tyreke for the contributions he made to the Kings organization," D'Alessandro said. "We wish him the best in New Orleans."
By Sean Cunningham, SCunningham@News10.net