HoopsHype Ryan Anderson rumors

March 14, 2013 Updates

After earning the Most Improved award, Anderson moved to the Hornets in a sign-and-trade as the Magic were broken up amid Dwight Howard's exit. "It's funny, playing on that team now [in Orlando], Jameer [Nelson] is the only guy I know on the court, and it's pretty unbelievable, in one year," Anderson said of Orlando's roster turnover. "That's why it's so encouraging to be on a team like this [in New Orleans]. We have had a tough season, and I've been through injuries, and we have a young group. We can make all the excuses in the world, but the bottom line is we're going somewhere and we're building for something. This isn't the year that we're saying let's make a playoff run and try to get to the Finals. But that's in the future for this group. It's really exciting. It's a huge blessing to be here. "You ask me what's my goal here? My goal is to win. My goal is to do whatever I can to help this team win and kind of prove that we are this team that has this great potential." SI.com

March 3, 2013 Updates

Ryan Anderson, whose New Orleans Hornets will host the Orlando Magic on Monday night, has added a new hobby since he joined his new team. He’s an app tycoon. Anderson helped fund an app available on the Apple and Android platforms called “Hide It! Head to Head Hidden Object Game,” which was created and developed by Straton Wilhelm, one of Anderson’s best friends. The game launched in mid-December. “I’m just really proud of my buddy, that he really put this thing together,” Anderson said. “This all came from one idea on a piece of paper.” Orlando Sentinel

February 11, 2013 Updates

Ryan Anderson: I had a moment a few years ago where I wasn't playing and I was stressed out and getting depressed about it. For me it was one of the moments I realized how real I needed my faith to be and how real I wanted my faith to be. I always thought that I had a genuine faith but I never really was in a situation where I had to trust God. He gave me so much, opened so many great doors... This was kind the first moment where I was like "Alright God, you're in control, I'm not." HoopsAddict.com

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“How often do you get a chance to have the Super Bowl take place in the same city where you live?” said Hornets center/forward Jason Smith, explaining his decision to buy tickets. Smith is joined by Ryan Anderson, Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, Robin Lopez, Roger Mason and Greivis Vasquez among Hornets players who bought Super Bowl XLVII tickets. Kick-off in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome – which is literally across Girod Street from the Hornets’ home arena – is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Central, giving players plenty of time to rest after a roughly three-hour flight from Minneapolis. Like several of his teammates, Smith said that his preference would have been to root for the Hornets’ NFL brothers, the New Orleans Saints. With no obvious reason to cheer for either participating team, Hornets players are split evenly between Baltimore and San Francisco. NBA.com

January 10, 2013 Updates

While Anderson’s name was mentioned in trade rumors earlier this season, none of those trade talks were initiated by the Hornets’ front office. It’s true that teams have been calling New Orleans and expressing interest in Anderson, but the Hornets have no intention of trading Anderson, according to sources close to the situation. Anderson is part of the team’s long-term plan, which is why they were willing to commit $36 million to him, and they’ve been very happy with his contributions. HoopsWorld

December 27, 2012 Updates
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“Some people have the crazy idea that I wanted the trade and I wanted out of there, and that’s not necessarily how it went down,” Anderson said from Louisiana in a phone interview. “It’s a game, and I understand it and I am glad that I’m here. But I just want people to know that I wasn’t turning my back on the team or anything. “The thing is,” he added, “Orlando didn’t even make a move at me. So it was a situation where every other team we spoke with thought that Orlando was going to match, and the only team that was willing to take that risk was New Orleans. It was just a real different situation.” Orlando Sentinel

December 25, 2012 Updates

Ryan Anderson played his last game with the Magic seven months ago. When he returns to Orlando on Wednesday, it might seem more like seven years ago. Management has changed. The coaching staff is completely different. Only two Magic players are expected to get minutes who had been teammates with Anderson last May. “It’s going to be different, obviously,’’ said Anderson, a forward who was traded to New Orleans last July, said of his first visit back with the Hornets. “It’s a completely different team and staff. But going back to that arena will be exciting. I was part of the team that started off that arena, with the fans and the great atmosphere.’’ FOXSports Florida

The deal was done July 11, when the Magic didn’t have a coach after having fired Stan Van Gundy on May 21. General manager Rob Hennigan was in his third week; Otis Smith having been let go from that job the same day as Van Gundy. “Obviously, they were going to go in a different direction that I wasn’t really too much aware of then,’’ said Anderson, 24. “I found out afterward what their plan is. They want to build their nucleus with young talent.’’ FOXSports Florida

December 24, 2012 Updates
December 8, 2012 Updates

Ryan Anderson is trying not to think about it but admits it’s an honor being linked to Pau Gasol in trade rumors. “The way you say it,’’ Anderson, a New Orleans forward, said when I asked if it’s an honor just being linked in trade rumors to Gasol of the Lakers, a four-time All-Star and two-time champion. “Champion. It’s a pretty crazy cool honor. But it’s something I don’t spend too much time thinking about. I’m focused on here. I’m focused on the now. Things that I can control.’’ Anderson said the Hornets haven’t said anything to him about trade rumors involving Gasol. “They haven’t spent any time with me talking about that,’’ Anderson said. “Our team isn’t really focused on anything like that. From what I understand, everything I’ve ever seen about it is from an L.A. standpoint. Over here, we’re just focused on this year and what we have to do to grow this team.’’ Boston Celtics: The Celtics announced today that they have assigned forward Kris Joseph to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. Twitter @celtics

December 7, 2012 Updates

Gasol's contract next season at $19.3 million could be a problem with the luxury tax rate increasing substantially as part of the new collective bargaining agreement. For now the team isn't ready to sacrifice or give up on what they have today because of tomorrow's economics. At least not yet. If the Lakers do decide it's time to move Gasol, it's certainly easy to target Anderson. It's a lot harder to find a deal, however, given how happy the Hornets are with their forward. Coach Monty Williams and executives within the organization have recently sung Anderson's praises. The team isn't interested in Gasol for their own roster. Los Angeles Times

December 6, 2012 Updates

It is widely presumed around the league that Howard's former Orlando teammate Ryan Anderson, now in New Orleans, is the Lakers' No. 1 trade target if they were to consent to dealing Gasol. But sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday that Anderson is regarded as a virtual untouchable by the Hornets, given that the 24-year-old is not only a highly competent stretch power forward signed to a comparatively reasonable four-year contract but also because Anderson has proven to be an underrated rebounder. Rebounding and defense have long been areas of concern with Bargnani, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 draft. ESPN.com

December 4, 2012 Updates

Ryan Anderson is the No. 1 target of the Los Angeles Lakers if they decide to trade Pau Gasol, an NBA source tells SheridanHoops.com. But there are complications, and they begin in the Lakers front office. General manager Mitch Kupchak is opposed to moving Gasol, who has been benched in several fourth quarters ever since Mike D’Antoni took over as head coach. SheridanHoops

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