HoopsHype Ryan Anderson + Trade rumors

February 19, 2014 Updates
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December 17, 2013 Updates

According to sources within the team, they are not currently exploring any deals involving Anderson, although he has been the subject of trade rumors in the past week. Team sources said there’s no truth to the speculation and that Anderson remains critical in their plans. After this season, Anderson has two years remaining on his contract that totals $16.9 million. New Orleans Times-Picayune

New Orleans still likes Asik, and they've toyed with the idea of having Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph while envisioning Anthony Davis at the 5. But two sources said the Pelicans are adamant about keeping Ryan Anderson, their star stretch-4 who's been the key centerpiece in a potential trade. Bleacher Report

December 13, 2013 Updates
December 12, 2013 Updates

Several sources said the Grizzlies are currently shopping power forward Zach Randolph, and two of them are hearing there's a destination and main trade piece involved: New Orleans and stretch 4 Ryan Anderson, who's averaging a team-high 21.7 points per game on 47.7 percent shooting from three-point range. "A trade centered around Randolph and Anderson should happen down the line this season," one source said. Bleacher Report

Because of Randolph's $18.2 million current salary, the Pelicans' incoming aggregate salaries would have to be within $5 million of the of the aggregate outgoing salaries going to the Grizzlies. Therefore, in addition to Anderson ($8.3 million), the Pelicans could consider including Al-Farouq Aminu ($3.7 million) and Austin Rivers ($2.3 million) in the deal. According to two sources, Rivers is unhappy with his playing time and would be open to a trade. Bleacher Report

November 23, 2013 Updates

Houston wants a power forward who can shoot threes to pair next to Dwight Howard. That led them, predictably, to the New Orleans Pelicans, home of Ryan Anderson. But the Pelicans refused to part with Anderson, even though putting Asik in the middle and moving Anthony Davis to power forward makes a lot of sense. New York Daily News

November 20, 2013 Updates
November 18, 2013 Updates

Rumors of an Anderson-for-Asik deal initially surfaced over the offseason, shortly after the Rockets signed Dwight Howard, but they’re starting to pop up again now that Asik’s departure is inevitable due to his recent trade request. Unless Houston can use an Asik package to swing a blockbuster deal for someone like Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (for whom the Rockets reportedly may offer Asik and Jeremy Lin), their best option seems to be sending their frustrated center to New Orleans in exchange for Anderson. HoopsWorld

November 15, 2013 Updates

One deal that appealed to the Rockets included reuniting Dwight Howard and New Orleans forward Ryan Anderson, who played together with the Orlando Magic. New Orleans had showed interest in an Anderson-for-Asik deal around last summer's NBA draft, but talks never gathered much momentum, sources said. The Pelicans need a strong, interior player to alleviate the physical burden of rising young star Anthony Davis, but thus far have been unwilling to re-engage talks with Houston on the deal, sources said. Anderson is the kind of stretch four – a jump-shooting power forward – who would fit perfectly with Howard on the Houston frontline. Yahoo! Sports

July 5, 2013 Updates

What does it all mean? Well, if you judge by actions and not words, you behold a Rockets team that certainly is acting as though it has secured a commitment from Howard. League sources say the Rockets are open to revisiting trade talks that would send Omer Asik to the Hawks in a sign-and-trade for Josh Smith, Howard's AAU teammate in Atlanta. Word among rival teams on Friday also was that Houston was considering a deal that would send Asik to New Orleans for Ryan Anderson, a 3-point sniper who was a strategic complement to Howard when the two were in Orlando. One league source, however, said the proposed Anderson deal wasn't progressing, and another pointed out that Howard and Anderson did not get along in Orlando. CBSSports.com

Ken Berger: Rockets have moved on to Phase II of their Dwight plan. One option: Sending Omer Asik to New Orleans for Ryan Anderson, league source says. Twitter @KBergCBS

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