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The Wizards have been looking for a veteran stretch 3-4 for a while. They tried hard to get Ryan Anderson from New Orleans before the trade deadline, but didn’t want to give up a first-round pick (they ultimately did, of course, sending their 2016 first to Phoenix for Morris — though there’s a miniscule chance Washington could keep it, depending on the Lottery results). That’s no longer an issue for Anderson, a rising unrestricted free agent. Anderson is still viable. He’ll only be 28 on opening night. He did miss 60 games two years ago because of a neck injury. But in his other seven NBA seasons, he’s averaged 66 games played.
Storyline: Ryan Anderson Free Agency
The Blazers had young players such as Jerryd Bayless and Nicolas Batum, along with the expiring contracts of Joel Przybilla and Miller. The reported deal was Paul and forward Emeka Okafor for Miller, Przybilla, Bayless, Batum and a first-round draft pick. The Hornets reportedly stopped the deal, claiming the team owner wasn’t prepared to trade Paul. “You’ve got to talk to (Hornets general manager) Dell Demps about that,” Paul said. Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in Dec. 2011, but amid an outcry by league owners, then-commissioner David Stern vetoed the trade. He was traded to the Clippers a week later.