Wednesday, August 24, 2005

[Kings] Maurice Evans will sign offer sheet with Pistons

Edited: 美國時間週四的 Detroit 都引用了 Petrie 的談話,表示國王將不會 match 活塞給 Evans 的簽約意向書,並祝 Evans 好運。

Geoff Petrie, the Kings' president of basketball operations, said Wednesday the team is unlikely to match.

In reality, the Kings don't have bargaining power. Their mid-level exception is gone, and they don't have much spare money left under the salary cap.

Their capacity is to tender Evans an offer of approximately $900,000.


"It's fair to say that we don't anticipate matching the offer for Maurice, " said Geoff Petrie, Sacramento's president of basketball operations. "He's a good guy, a good player and we wish him the best of luck."

Petrie said Joe Dumars, Detroit's president of basketball operations, this week told him the Pistons planned to make Evans an offer.

"I told Joe at the time that we would make a quick decision, which would be the best thing for all involved," said Petrie, who anticipates having the actual offer sheet from Detroit sometime today.

At 6-foot-5, Evans primarily will play behind Tayshaun Prince and occasionally Richard Hamilton at the small forward and shooting guard positions, respectively.

Petrie said Evans was a solid defender whose perimeter game steadily improved as the season progressed. But he was even more impressed with Evans' character.

"He turned down guaranteed money overseas, for a non-guaranteed contract here in the states. That says a lot about what type of person he really is," Petrie said. "He made it this far because he's a hard worker. I think he'll fit in well."

Maurice Evans 應該很快就會正式成為活塞隊的一員。

根據美國時間週三的 Detroit News 報導,受限制的自由球員搖擺人 Evans 即將和活塞隊簽下一紙複數年的合約意向書(Offer Sheet),每年平均年薪約在 1.5 M 左右。由於國王的團隊薪資總額已超過薪資軟上限,中產條款(已用於 SAR)和百萬條款(去年使用於續簽 Songaila,今年無法使用)等特殊條例又無法使用的情況下,將無法 match 活塞隊的這張合約;而已經擁有 Kevin Martin 和 Francisco Garcia 等年輕具有潛力鋒衛新秀的國王,續簽 Evans 的意願其實也並不如想像中的高。

球隊曾經希望能夠透過先簽後換的方式,自 Evans 的交易當中得到一些收穫,但並沒有成功。

另外,另一名受限制的自由球員大前鋒 Darius Songaila 目前也傳出包括公牛金塊都有意願爭取。球隊同樣會希望尋求先簽後換的機會以增強戰力。

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