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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If that “somewhere else” was OKC, how would the fanbase react considering they are still applying aloe vera to soothe the burns of two summers ago? Newly elected Oklahoma City mayor David Holt is a lifelong Oklahoman. He served as chief of staff under the previous mayor, Mick Cornett. The two played significant roles in bringing professional basketball to The Big Friendly. “I am fully aware how Thunder fans have felt since July 4, 2016, because I feel it, too,” Holt said. “And I think we’ll feel that way forever if the status quo is maintained. Yet all KD would have to say is ‘I choose you,’ and virtually all fans would forgive him.”
Gabe Ikard was an All-American lineman for the Oklahoma Sooners. Now retired from football, the longtime Thunder fan co-hosts Franchise Players for 107.7 The Franchise in Oklahoma City. Those dual titles grant him solid insight on the psyche of the fanbase. “Durant’s departure to the Golden State Warriors resulted in the biggest backlash to a player’s free-agency decision in the history of sports,” Ikard said. “I’m not quite sure he expected that extreme of a reaction. I’m not sure Oklahomans thought that they would react so severely to his decision either. “But,” he added, “no one thought it would be Golden State. I find it hard to believe people that say they would not welcome him back,” Ikard said. “It’s easy to call him a snake and cupcake now. But if he was dropping 40-plus in Thunder blue again, a lot of fans would find forgiveness quickly.”