As his 35th birthday looms around the corner in October, Anderson is still looking for a team this time around. The eight-year pro believes he has another season left in him and is quietly hoping his hometown Minnesota Timberwolves might be the team to give him a chance. ”It’d mean everything,” Anderson told The Associated Press on Thursday in a phone conversation from Las Vegas, where he is working out. ”My mom is there. My brother is there. Childhood friends are there. When I play, I put my whole heart in. What do they say? Home is there the heart is? Minneapolis is my home. So if I’m playing for my home, it would be that much more special.”
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Anderson is open to the idea of joining any team that is interested, but it’s clear there is a soft spot in his heart for the Wolves. ”Who wouldn’t want to come back to where their roots started at?” Anderson said. ”Be the role model, someone visible who came out of that city and state for kids to see and touch and understand that it’s possible.”
Jon Krawczynski: Spoke to Mpls native Alan Anderson today. He’s working out in Las Vegas, hoping for 1 more season. Would love to play for Wolves.
The Clippers’ revolving cast of reserves will continue this summer with the likely departure of free agents Raymond Felton, Brandon Bass, Mo Speights and Alan Anderson. If the team is committed to having three max contracts (Paul, Griffin and DeAndre Jordan), it has to have success with its mid-level exception and draft picks to have some bench stability. This is where the team needs to improve the most.
“I turned down a lot of offers because they weren’t the best fit for me. The Clippers were actually the strongest team from Day 1, even though they didn’t have what I thought I was worth. They were the most loyal – the most consistent – and I just feel more comfortable with these guys,” Alan Anderson said.
Brad Turner: Can confirm Clippers agreed to 1-year deal with Alan Anderson for vet. min. of $1.5 million, per source.
Dan Woike: Sources – Clippers have agreed to a deal with G/F Alan Anderson
J. Michael: Wizards havent met w/Alan Anderson as of this afternoon but still in the picture, league sources tell @CSNMA #WizardsTalk
J. Michael Falgoust: Alan Anderson is still in the picture. Hes meeting with Wizards this weekend, league sources tell @CSNMA #WizardsTalk
J. Michael Falgoust: This meeting btw Wizards and Anderson will take place in Las Vegas likely this weekend, league sources tell @CSNMA #WizardsTalk
Alan Anderson: A second left ankle surgery in October and a return that kept getting pushed back until after the All-Star break ruined what could’ve been. Anderson will be 34. Can the Wizards afford to take a risk on him again? He’ll be 34 in October. The guess here is no though until this season health has never been an issue with him. He wants back in. Wall wants him back.
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“Gotta take this one,” he said. When he stepped outside, the name on the screen gleamed back at him: Chris Paul. “I’m in,” Paul said. “What do you mean you’re in?” Harden asked. Harden and Paul were friends, and they had traded texts throughout the season. CP3, he knew, was examining his pending free agent options, and Harden was hopeful Houston was on Paul’s short list, but he was in the dark about where Paul was leaning. “I mean I’m in,” Paul repeated. “I want to come to Houston. I want to play with you.”
“We talked about it, but there was no answer to it,” D’Antoni says. “I wanted him to be MVP. I told him, ‘Let’s go for it.’ But having that and the majority of the offense in his hands was difficult.” The burden, Harden concedes, was too weighty. “It’s pretty tough to be depended on to make every single play,” he says. “It wears on you when you don’t have someone to relieve some of that for you, when you don’t have that guy who you can throw the ball to for three or four possessions in a row and say, ‘Go make a play.'”
“LeBron’s my man, but he didn’t know,” Paul says now. “I didn’t tell him initially because even though we’re so close, we’re also ultracompetitive.” Twenty minutes later, Paul finally revealed his secret. LeBron’s response? He ordered shots of Don Julio 1942 tequila and clinked glasses with his friend. “Be happy,” LeBron said.
While Stephen Curry has won two MVPs, he believes he may be entering his absolute prime. “I hope it is,” Curry told The Athletic. “You go through this NBA journey and every year you learn something else about yourself, about your team, about being an NBA player. Using all that experience to my advantage, the work you put in off the court in the summertime to get yourself ready. I don’t know exactly where the peak is, but I do think I’m the best version of myself to date.”
Game-worn jerseys from the four teams playing on the NBA’s opening night will be auctioned to raise money for hurricane recovery efforts. The NBA and Turner Sports, which will televise the Cleveland-Boston and Golden State-Houston doubleheader on TNT, will use the auction to benefit the One America Appeal. Besides the jerseys, the auction will include items such as game-worn sneakers and autographed items donated by Turner commentators.
With his 15th NBA campaign in store, LeBron James is not just looking ahead to another season in which he can “strive for greatness,” as he often puts it. This year, he’ll also set the mark for the longest-running continuous signature shoe line in league history (Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls career ended with his 14th Air Jordan shoe in Utah). “No one has ever reached number 15 before LeBron,” designer Jason Petrie said. “So it’s a big deal, and we want to make a celebration of technology, style and of LeBron’s game.”