NBA rumors: Kyle Anderson: I want to be a part of the Grizzlies' future

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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."
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.
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.
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."
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