UPDATE: New Orleans also gets the 39th pick of the 2013 draft, Kansas center Jeff Withey. Woj:
Portland will send Jeff Withey to Pelicans as part of 3-team deal, league source tells Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 4, 2013
[FULL WITHEY POST HERE: http://www.atthehive.com/2013/7/4/4494696/pelicans-jeff-withey-portland-tyreke-evans]
I absolutely love Withey -- he was one of the best finishers in college basketball last year, posted PERs of 26, 23, 25, 28 in four years at Kansas, and shut down some of the biggest post names in college basketball. Draft Express wrote in April that he's very arguably the best defensive prospect in the 2013 draft. Excitement!
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According to multiple NBA reports, the New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, and Portland Trail Blazers have agreed on a three team deal that lands restricted free agent Tyreke Evans in New Orleans, and Robin Lopez and Greivis Vasquez in Portland and Sacramento respectively.
The New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to terms on a three-team deal that will cement Tyreke Evans' move to the Pelicans, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.
The trade -- which can't be officially completed until July 10 -- will send Evans to the Pelicans via sign-and-trade, with Sacramento receiving guard Greivis Vasquez from the Pelicans and Portland acquiring New Orleans center Robin Lopez.
The Pelicans could not acquire Evans or complete their draft-day trade for Philadelphia's Jrue Holiday without shedding salary, so they have been pursuing trades all week while putting the finishing touches on a four-year, $44 million offer sheet to Evans, a restricted free agent.
New Orleans had the option of waiving Lopez by Friday's deadline for a mere $500,000 to buy out the final two years of his Pelicans contract, but Portland has been after the big man for days.
Stein on Twitter:
Three-way footnotes: Portland also gets Terrel Harris w/Robin Lopez, pays Lopez's $1.6M trade kicker and sends two second-rounders to SAC— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 4, 2013
Sources say Pelicans, already hot for Evans, were all in when Reke told them he'd be willing to be sixth man in New Orleans if necessary— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 4, 2013
Jrue Holiday-Eric Gordon-Tyreke Evans is NOLA's new backcourt trio. Doesn't mean Gordon stays forever but that's Pelicans' current plan— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 4, 2013