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Report: Pelicans working on trade for Evans

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The New Orleans Pelicans want restricted free-agent guard Tyreke Evans. Getting him will involve a three-team trade, according to a report by ESPN on Thursday.

The deal would send Evans to the Pelicans, the Sacramento Kings would get guard Greivis Vasquez from the Pelicans and New Orleans center Robin Lopez would go to the Portland Trail Blazers.

The trade also would involve center Jeff Withey, Portland's 2013 second-round draft pick, going to the Pelicans, two future draft picks heading to the Kings and guard Terrel Harrris moving to the Trail Blazers from New Orleans. The other piece of the transaction would be the Blazers paying Lopez' $1.57 million trade kicker.

The Pelicans have been working on finalizing a four-year, $44 million offer to Evans by clearing salary-cap space on their roster.

The deal cannot be finalized until July 10.

Evans, the 2010 NBA Rookie of the Year, averaged 15.2 points last season for Sacramento.

However, the Kings declined to give Evans a contract extension last year, giving him an opportunity to negotiate contracts with other teams this summer.

Sacramento retained its rights to match any offer sheet by giving Evans a qualifying offer last week for $6.9 million for next season.

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