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Robin Lopez A Blazer in 3 Team Trade
Written by ESPN.com    Thursday, 04 July 2013 21:07   

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 guardGreivis Vasquez from the Pelicans and Portland acquiring New Orleans center Robin Lopez.

Sources say that Portland, to complete the trade, will send 2013 second-round pick Jeff Withey to New Orleans, two future second-round picks to Sacramento and also will acquire guard Terrel Harris from New Orleans along with Lopez. The Blazers also will be required to pay the $1,568,999 trade kicker triggered in Lopez's contract because he's being dealt.

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.

Sacramento jumped into the mix to take Vasquez from the Pelicans after it became apparent the Kings were not going to strike a deal with Detroit Pistons free-agent guardJose Calderon.

The Pelicans immediately identified Evans as their top priority in free agency and were sold on him even further, sources said, when Evans told team officials he'd be willing to come off the bench if necessary.

Evans tweeted about leaving Sacramento on Thursday night.

That sacrifice enables them to go into the season with a three-man backcourt rotation of Evans, Holiday and Eric Gordon and thus no need to rush into trading Gordon, whose future in New Orleans has been debated ever since last summer. That's when Gordon signed an offer sheet of his own with Phoenix and publicly urged the Pelicans to let him go to join the Suns.

 

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