Joe Mullinax: Kyle Anderson on how much he sees himself wanting to be a part of this team’s future: “I’ve always wanted to be a part of the future here” – said they got a good group of young guys that are special and want to put in the work
Michael Wallace: While reacting to the Kawhi-DeMar trade, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich also addressed Kyle Anderson's departure to @Memphis Grizzlies: "(Losing) Kyle was very difficult. If you get a contract like that, you've got to take it. It would've been very difficult for us to match."
Anderson, 24, was a primary target of the Grizzlies, who've been determined to upgrade the small forward position. Anderson has had an outstanding plus-minus on defense the past two years.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Spurs are declining to match Kyle Anderson’s four-year, $37M offer sheet with Memphis, league sources tell ESPN. Anderson will likely become Grizzlies starting small forward.
Jabari Young: Told #Spurs unlikely to match Kyle Anderson’s 4-year, $37M offer sheet clearing the way for him to join #Grizzlies ... tonight is the deadline
Anderson, a restricted free agent, agreed to the offer sheet Friday. The Spurs have until Sunday to decide whether to equal the contract or let the 24-year-old forward go to Memphis. The offer sheet also includes a 15 percent trade kicker that would make the contract more difficult to move in the future. Whatever the Spurs decide, expect them to take the decision down to the Sunday deadline.
Restricted free agent forward Kyle Anderson has signed a four-year, $37.2 million offer sheet with the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources told ESPN. The San Antonio Spurs have 48 hours to match the offer, which includes a 15 percent trade kicker, league sources said. The Grizzlies used their full mid-level exception on the offer.
David Aldridge: All four years of the Grizzlies’ offer sheet (four years, $37.15M) to Kyle Anderson (@Adrian Wojnarowski first) are guaranteed, per source. Memphis likes Anderson’s real plus-minus, wants guys like Slo-Mo (& picks Jaren Jax/Jevon Carter) who one from winning organizations like the Spurs.
Jabari Young: Can confirm Kyle Anderson agreed to an offer sheet with #Grizzlies ... signed it last night, submitted paperwork ton #Spurs today. Memphis sold Kyle on a nice role, and he likes the idea of playing in J.B. Bickerstaff’s system. SA has until Sunday to match
Adrian Wojnarowski: San Antonio Spurs restricted free agent Kyle Anderson has signed a four-year, $37.2 million offer sheet with the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources told ESPN.
With the Spurs declining to offer the fourth-year forward a contract extension before the season, Anderson is set to become a restricted free agent this summer. If this is the final season in silver and black for the Spurs' 2014 first-round draft pick, Anderson has been making the most of it. "I've been able to show what I can do," Anderson said. "I'm not really thinking about the contract too much. I'm just trying to show what I can do and have fun playing the game. That's all it is."
September 22, 2021 | 2:15 am EDT Update
There are many who believed then and continue to insist now that Damian Lillard was about ready to ask out; a source with knowledge of the situation believes Lillard is held back by both his loyalty to Portland and an unwillingness to go back on things he’s already said about sticking things out. He ultimately decided to give this another go, and Lillard has been provided roster upgrades and had a big voice in the coaching search. He may still ask out down the road, but only time will tell how long this honeymoon lasts.
It is clear Simmons wants out though and when you consider that alongside his poor form in the playoffs, the Sixers have little leverage to work with and the offers have reflected that. “The Sixers are yet to find a deal they are willing to do,” Wojnarowski said. “They want Ben Simmons in camp, they want to see his trade value improve and then find a deal out in the marketplace but right now they are going to do it with him on the sidelines because his intention now is to not play another game for that organisation.
“They’ve asked for a steep return. It is hard to trade a star player when you are a contender because you are trying to get back the pieces that keep you a contender now. “The offers on the marketplace just did not meet the threshold that Daryl Morey and Doc Rivers want in Philly. Now there is a standoff.”
The Sixers are expecting at least some sort of absence to open the preseason, sources say, though most are convinced he will eventually show up, citing a lack of precedent for extended holdouts in the NBA. There has been some public debate over whether the Sixers would fine him for such a move in the midst of trying to work through all this, though it seems pretty black-and-white on Philly’s end.
It almost goes without saying that bridge-building would need to be done between Simmons and Doc Rivers. The head coach tried to walk back the despair he showed after Game 7 during exit interviews the very next day, and his defenses of Simmons far outnumber his one high-profile shoulder shrug. Even still, getting the two to connect during the offseason has been close to impossible, sources say. Ultimately, this is in Simmons’ hands. Rivers would tell you himself that he regrets letting his guard down during Simmons’ lowest moment as a professional. Some missteps are just harder to come back from than others.
Paul, who also manages Anthony Davis, LeBron James and Trae Young, has built a $2.7 billion empire and knows how to get what he wants. “I talked to Rich Paul,” former NBA player Jay Williams told ‘Bart & Hahn’. “He was the one that told me: ‘We want out and we’ll go to what ever degree we have to’”.
Kyle Neubeck: One detail I left out from this was the suggestion from a team source that firing Rich Paul (however unlikely) would be one way for Ben to try to rectify what some view as a self-created problem. “He could just say, ‘my agent talked me into this stupid fucking strategy.'”
Even when Philadelphia’s brain trust met with Simmons or Simmons’ representation, there was difficulty in figuring out exactly what Simmons wanted that Philadelphia didn’t or couldn’t provide here. There are legitimate reasons Simmons might want to move on, but sources say his camp has largely communicated that Simmons wants out without spotlighting issues to fix or things being done wrong.