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Gina Mizell: Officially official #Suns pic.twitter.com/ktl31qlUzS
Tim Reynolds: That’s the deal: Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington for Ryan Anderson.
The Phoenix Suns completed a trade with the Houston Rockets today, acquiring forward Ryan Anderson and guard De’Anthony Melton in exchange for forward Marquese Chriss and guard Brandon Knight.
“We are excited to welcome Ryan Anderson and De’Anthony Melton to Phoenix,” said General Manager Ryan McDonough. “Ryan has established himself as one of the league’s best shooters and we think he’ll be a great fit in our offensive system. De’Anthony is a talented young guard who stood out for us throughout the pre-Draft process and at the NBA Summer League.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: For Ryan Anderson, there isn’t a real financial risk adjusting his contract. Things can go well with Suns and they’ll fully guarantee his $21M. If not, he enters a free agent market with $15.6M in his pocket, significant cap space and chance to sign a new deal for multiple years.
The Houston Rockets traded forward Ryan Anderson and guard De’Anthony Melton to the Phoenix Suns for guards Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight, league sources tell ESPN. The Suns are hopeful that Shaq Harrison could take a bigger role at point guard this season.
Sam Amico: Still no luck for #Rockets in quest to move Ryan Anderson. “They’ve done everything short of posting an ad on Craigslist,” opposing exec tells AmicoHoops. #NBA
Regarding rumors about a Heat trade involving Houston forward Ryan Anderson, that’s not something that interests Miami at this time, according to a league source. Both USA Today and ESPN have floated the idea of Houston trading Anderson and a draft pick to Miami for Tyler Johnson or James Johnson. But while that would appear to interest the Rockets, it’s not something the Heat has found appealing.
Acquiring Anderson would increase Miami’s luxury tax bill, because Tyler Johnson is making $19.2 million each of the next two years compared with $20.4 million and $21.3 million for Anderson. James Johnson is due to make $14.4 million, $15.1 million and $15.8 million the next three seasons, but the Heat values his skill set.
Kelly Iko: Source: Atlanta would be open to taking Ryan Anderson’s remaining $41 million back, but would need draft pick + one of Houston’s young guys. A package of Anderson, Melton and a 2019 first might be enough to get a deal done, but Houston is high on Melton and his upside.
Zach Lowe: “I do think [the Rockets] will get a wing. To your point, Kent Bazemore was rumored today. I think the package would be Ryan Anderson and their first-round pick. And Anderson has two years and about $21 [million per year] left, and Bazemore has two years and $18 and $19 million. He’s a better player. And so, they’ll say, ‘Hey, salaries are about the same. You’re taking on a little more. Is the 29th pick – or whatever it’s gonna be – enough?’ I think they’ll kick that around.”
According to two people with knowledge of the Rockets’ thinking, the team’s general manager Daryl Morey is intent on moving Anderson in a trade. One person said the Rockets could pursue buyout options if no such agreement is met. Both people requested anonymity because they are unauthorized to speak on the record of Anderson’s situation. The players’ union had decided it didn’t want to smooth the salary cap jump over several years, and instead wanted most of the money at once. This obviously benefited those who would enter free agency in 2016, as there were a number of notable names. To the front offices, however, this was a mistake, and once the cap stopped rising, a lot of teams were left with undesirable, albatross contracts for middle-of-the-park level talent.
The Kings could do a one-for-one swap with Houston if they were willing to take forward Ryan Anderson, sources said. But Anderson, the former Oak Ridge High School and Cal star, has two more seasons left on his deal worth in excess of $41 million – the kind of contract the Kings want to avoid.
Anderson seemed overall indifferent to the Knicks’ non-interest, saying he was not hurt or ticked. “No, because it’s the NBA and at the end of the day I’m doing what I love,” Anderson said. “I know this [Houston] is a team that values me. I know that they were put into an odd position because obviously Carmelo is a great talent. And this is a league of superstar teams so the name may have sounded good and enticing, but I know this was run by Carmelo.”
Until further notice, Ryan Anderson will be known as “the Melo stopper” because the Houston Rockets forward appears to be responsible for holding up a potential Carmelo Anthony trade. The Knicks haven’t made much financial sense this offseason: $71 million to Tim Hardaway Jr. and the full mid-level to Ron Baker despite the fact that Baker is a restricted free agent. Who’s the Knicks’ cap-ologist anyway, Bernie Madoff? But the Knicks front office, led now and maybe forever by Steve Mills, is making total financial sense by refusing to take on Anderson and his enormous contract in a proposed trade for Anthony.
With forward Ryan Anderson the next-highest paid Rockets player after Chris Paul and James Harden, the Knicks have not been interested in building a trade around a veteran signed longer than Anthony and who plays the same position as their most important player, Kristaps Porzingis.
In discussions with Houston, sources indicated the Knicks have been reluctant to consider taking on Houston forward Ryan Anderson, who is owed $61.3 million over the next three years.
Ian Begley: If the Knicks are looking to open up cap space to offer more money to free agents, they could open up cap space by trading Courtney Lee or Kyle O’Quinn. Of course, they could also open up cap space by trading Carmelo Anthony. Members of the Knicks organization have told people around the league that, at this point, they remain hopeful that they can trade Anthony. The Knicks and Rockets touched base last month on an Anthony deal but the Knicks were not interested in Ryan Anderson, per league sources.
To that end, the Knicks and Houston Rockets touched base recently on a trade involving Anthony, per league sources, but talks didn’t gain much traction. One name that came up in discussions was Ryan Anderson, per sources. But the Knicks said at that time they weren’t interested in Anderson, who has been shopped around by the Rockets. Anthony has a no-trade clause and his estranged wife, La La Anthony, said recently Anthony’s priority would be to remain close to his son, Kiyan.
One name that came up in talks was Ryan Anderson, per sources. But the Knicks said at that time that they weren’t interested in Anderson, who has been shopped around by the Rockets.
Sources say Houston has been focused on trying to find a team with cap space to take on Ryan Anderson — such as Sacramento — in hopes of potentially creating up to $28.5 million in room under the cap.
Marc Stein: Free Agency Scuttle: Houston is making Ryan Anderson/Lou Williams/Patrick Beverley available via trade to create summer spending flexibility
About two minutes before the Morris deal was reported by The Vertical, Wizards vice president Tommy Sheppard called Wall with the news. Wall had made it known to reporters on Wednesday that he hoped the team would acquire a quality stretch forward to help spread the floor. At the time, he knew the Wizards were interested in Morris and New Orleans’ Ryan Anderson, but he never suggested to the front office that it needed to make a move. “From watching the games, they should be able to see,” Wall told The Vertical.
League sources made it clear the Raptors kicked all the right tires. They inquired about deep shooting New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson and the Brooklyn Nets’ Thaddeus Young, but dropped out when the asking price would have included the likes of Luis Scola, James Johnson and Pat Patterson to make salaries match and a first-round pick in addition. In Anderson’s case it was deemed too high a price for a defensively challenged rental – he’s a pending free agent – and in Young’s case there were concerns about how his lack of three-point range would create spacing issues. In both cases there were grave concerns about reducing the Raptors’ depth, a strength all season.
Brett Dawson: Anderson says whether or not he’s traded, “after that deadline, it’ll be a breath of fresh air regardless.” Ready for it to be over.
Brett Dawson: Ryan Anderson on trade talk: “I’ve asked a couple people, like our PR staff, if they’d be happy if I left. And they all say yes.”
Ryan Anderson reiterated that he doesn’t read trade rumors and that his brother-in-law is the only one who tells him things. “And he needs to stop,” Anderson said with a smile.
Scott Kushner: Anderson said he truly doesn’t read trade rumors or really ask anyone about what’s going on with trades. Also, he once met Justin Bieber.
Scott Kushner: Ryan Anderson is still here and wearing #Pelicans gear.
Marc J. Spears: One NBA team executive said most free agents to be, i.e. Anderson, Horford, won’t commit to possible trade partners so that can impact deals
The Detroit Pistons are one of the teams that Demps had trade conversations with, sources confirm, regarding Anderson. But instead of taking a chance that Anderson could potentially sign elsewhere in free agency after this season, the Pistons acquired Orlando Magic power forward Tobias Harris on Tuesday. Unlike Anderson’s expiring contract, Harris has three years left on his current deal valued at $47 million.
Ben Bolch: Have heard Clippers also have interest in Ryan Anderson, though he may be tough to get since Clips’ next tradeable first-round pick is 2019.
Sam Amick: I’m told the Magic don’t plan on accepting the Anderson Varejao-for-Channing Frye offer from Cleveland that @Marc Stein reported.
The Magic have no desire to bring back Anderson Varejao’s contract in a deal, league sources said. Varejao’s deal includes two years and nearly $19 million guaranteed.
Those teams would likely be compensated with draft considerations and cash to take on Varejao. For this reason, the Cavaliers won’t take on Frye without finding a home for Varejao’s deal: Those two contracts together on Cleveland’s roster would push the team’s luxury tax bill from $61 million to nearly $96 million in 2016.
Cleveland’s growing interest in New Orleans’ Ryan Anderson bodes well in Boston’s seemingly never-ending quest to acquire Kevin Love in what’s shaping up to be a potential three-team deal that would include the Boston Celtics. The particulars of the deal are still in the discussion phase, but the end result if it comes to pass would send Love to Boston, according to a league source.
Frank Isola: Cleveland remains very active. Cavs in talks with Pelicans about Ryan Anderson. A 3-team deal that includes Kevin Love still in play.
Marc J. Spears: The Cavaliers are showing strong interest in acquiring Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson, sources said.
The Pelicans are struggling to get back significant value in a trade for Anderson. Washington has talked with New Orleans on a deal, sources said, but paying Anderson the $16 million-plus he can get on the market this summer would preclude the Wizards from clearing the max salary space it needs to pursue Kevin Durant.
The Pels and Rockets once flirted about a Ryan Anderson-Omer Asik swap, and the Pelicans now have both to send to Houston in exchange for Howard. But the Pelicans are sifting through a pile of potential Anderson offers, and teams have gotten the impression that Dell Demps, the New Orleans general manager, may not have the freedom to toss in a first-rounder after dealing three picks for Jrue Holiday and Asik. Other teams have offered to slap top-of-the-lottery protections onto New Orleans’ 2016 pick, but that hasn’t swayed the Pelicans, sources say. Teams are also confused about whether Mickey Loomis, a top executive for Tom Benson’s New Orleans Saints, has the final say over Demps.
The Raptors are chasing a power forward this week. Sources say Brooklyn’s Thaddeus Young, New Orleans’ Ryan Anderson, Denver’s Kenneth Faried and the Phoenix duo of Markieff Morris and P.J. Tucker have all been pursued this month by the East’s No. 2 team.
Marc J. Spears: For any NBA team interested in trading for Pelicans Ryan Anderson, source said he’s very interested in exploring FA so he’d be only a rental
If Miami can’t land a star and moves on from Whiteside, one potentially appealing scenario (my opinion here) would be moving Bosh back to center and using the $37 million on Wade and two shooters, perhaps stretch-four Ryan Anderson (averaging 16.7 points and shooting 38.3 percent on threes for New Orleans) and a wing such as Bazemore, though Miami also would need to add another backup big in this scenario, too. Word is Miami likes Anderson, incidentally.
The Wizards are looking for help at the power forward spot and a stretch-four type player is very appealing. Keep an eye on New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson, Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker and Utah Jazz forward Trevor Booker – all players the Wizards have at least inquired about.
New Orleans has gotten inquiries on Ryan Anderson, though thus far has indicated little appetite for trading him. The Pelicans have, on the other hand, exhibited a willingness to consider deals for Eric Gordon and/or Tyreke Evans.
A potential trade target for many teams, including the Celtics, will be Pelicans swingman Ryan Anderson, who has an expiring $8.5 million contract and has responded well following a serious neck injury in January 2014. Anderson is averaging 17.2 points and 6.1 rebounds this season while mostly coming off the bench and could be the knock-down shooter and floor-stretcher the Celtics could use at power forward. The Pelicans entered Thursday 5½ games out of a playoff spot in the West and could consider making major moves before the Feb. 18 trade deadline. Guards Eric Gordon and Norris Cole also have expiring contracts.
Sam Amick: A lot of teams would love to get their hands on soon-to-be free agent forward Ryan Anderson. But I’ve been told that if New Orleans had its way they were much more willing to give up Eric Gordon in a deal depending on what was coming back in return.
Pelicans sources admitted that moving Anderson was likely to happen just because of the business of the situation, but cautioned that New Orleans wouldn’t do a bad deal just to make a trade and that unless an offer was meaningful to them, they may stay the course, finish out the season and see what happens in free agency. The Pelicans do hold Anderson’ Bird Rights and could exceed the salary cap to keep him. Anderson’s July cap hold is $12.75 million. While Anderson seems like a chip the Pelicans can and likely will cash, their stance is that it’ll take the right deal for them to move him.
With the Pelicans’ season not going as planned, the franchise has begun exploring the possibility of change. Shooting guard Eric Gordon and forward-center Ryan Anderson, both in the last years of their contracts, and Tyreke Evans have been discussed in potential trade scenarios, but nothing is imminent, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 18.
Ryan Anderson is on the wish list of several teams. Josh Smith can be had … again. Markieff Morris is playing again in what looks like a showcase. Terrence Jones’s name is resurfacing again, along with Houston Rockets teammate Corey Brewer — who is eligible to be dealt as of 12:01 a.m. EST Friday. The NBA trade deadline is a month away, and GMs are working the phones more diligently. Teams are either looking to land a difference maker for a playoff push, or spur a rebuilding effort by shedding salary and veterans blocking the development of younger players on the rise. The Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans are two of several teams that have aggressively worked the phones. The Kings called the Pelicans and offered Gay for Anderson, league sources tell SheridanHoops.
Looking ahead, one team that is expected to make a run at Anderson this summer is the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell SheridanHoops. Stan Van Gundy paired Anderson with Dwight Howard in the frontcourt when the two were with the Orlando Magic together. Van Gundy has a younger version of Howard in Andre Drummond who needs shooters around him to be effective. Last season, the frontcourt pair of Drummond and Greg Monroe failed because two big men clogged the paint and both needed the ball on the block to post up.
Alvin Gentry on the Ryan Anderson rumors (he’ll be a free agent this summer) … “Yeah, but (he is consistently mentioned privately to reporters) by the other teams. Not by us, though. It’s always the other team. We like Ryan on our team. He and AD really complement each other. He’s playing some really good basketball for us. I wouldn’t take a (complete) look at his numbers, because now everybody gameplans for him and he doesn’t get all the shots that he used to get. But he’s been playing good basketball for us, has been a good rebounder. We like him. Our guys like him on our team. And as I said, we have not made one (trade) call about him, but we’ve got a ton of calls that have come in about him.”
However, there is not a lot the Pelicans can do this season to significantly change the roster. They will have two contracts — guard Eric Gordon and forward Ryan Anderson — coming off the books this summer, and though Gentry shot down rumors of a possible Anderson trade this week, NBA executives expect that if the Pelicans make any major moves, it will be a trade of Anderson. “He is really the only one that has value if you’re a playoff team,” one NBA executive said. “I wouldn’t say they’re shopping him, as far as I know, but I would say they’re listening (to offers).”
Similar messaging has emanated from New Orleans this week, where sources familiar with the Pelicans’ thinking insist that the Pels — while as active as Houston in pursuing roster tweaks after a highly disappointing start — are not shopping stretch 4 Ryan Anderson. Word is that the Pels are indeed getting a lot of calls for Anderson, who is in the final year of his current contract at a very movable $8.5 million, but New Orleans is said to be just listening at this stage.
Anderson remains a viable trade piece for the Pelicans, sources say. And the Pelicans are listening to offers for Anderson, who is in the final year of his contract that will pay him $8.5 million this season.
Marc Stein: Teams are indeed calling New Orleans in pursuit of stretch four Ryan Anderson, but the notion they are shopping him, I’m told, is inaccurate
Backup power forward Ryan Anderson remains aviable trade piece for the Pelicans, sources say. The Pelicans have had exploratory conversations with the Phoenix Suns since last week involving a possible trade involving power forward Markieff Morris in exchange for Anderson, who is in the final year of his contract that will pay him $8.5 million this season.
Well, the Pelicans are exploring their options and Ryan Anderson has plenty of trade value. If they move Anderson, they should look to improve the small forward spot and maybe add another scoring option who can come off the bench. They are not enough getting enough scoring between Alonzo Gee, Dante Cunningham and there remains no set date when Quincy Pondexter will return from his knee injury that required surgery in May.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Pelicans trade Ryan Anderson. At the moment, the Pelicans are letting teams know he is available if the right trade deal comes forth. If Anderson is traded not traded this month, then it could occur before the February trade deadline. At 5-16, the Pelicans are desperate for a turnaround because this team has underperformed, regardless of their early season injury problems.
The Pelicans’ willingness to part with forward Ryan Anderson could make conversations worth exploring between the two teams, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Pelicans are willing to consider moving Anderson as a part of a potential deal for Morris, especially if Anderson doesn’t show an interest in signing a new contract with New Orleans, sources said.
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Marc Gasol is a name to watch. He just wiggled his way away from the Lakers and, according to an ESPN report, plans to remain in Spain while sorting out the next (and perhaps last) phase of his playing career. Gasol nearly signed with the Warriors last summer — and might have done so had Thompson not ruptured his Achilles before free agency. It may never materialize, but he has the exact passing acumen and center skill set that has traditionally fit Kerr’s offense best, similar to David West and Andrew Bogut.
Frank Vogel’s former assistant coach Jason Kidd left the Los Angeles Lakers to become the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks. He joined fellow former NBA stars Richard Jefferson and Kendrick Perkins on ESPN’s The Jump to talk about his visit to Slovenia for the signing of a 5-year $207 million super max extension with Luka Doncic. “One, [Slovenia] is a beautiful country,” Kidd recalled his visit to Luka’s homeland. “I had a lot of fun and spending time at dinner with Luka and also at the press conference. What an incredible 22-year-old. He’s wise before his years. So I’m just excited to have the opportunity to coach him.”
“It was incredible again. Another beautiful place,” Kidd said on ESPN’s The Jump. “I got to hang out with KP. We had a couple dinners, I got to see him work out. But I also got to just see him on his turf I think a lot of times we don’t get to see our Europeans their homes. So I got the opportunity to go over there and hang out and we had a great time. “KP’s incredible not just a basketball player but a person. We all know.. well, I just learned that he loves the fights, the boxing matches and stuff like that. You look at just learning something new about a person by going to their hometown was something that I was excited about doing and I had a great time.”
There’s no denying that Denver Nuggets stud Michael Porter Jr. is one of the brightest young talents in the NBA today. However, for those who may not be too familiar with his injury history, there was actually one point in his career that people doubted if he would ever be able to play again. Apparently, one of his biggest non-believers happened to be the head doctor for the Los Angeles Clippers. The Nuggets forward remembers that exact moment to this very day: “All Top 10 teams have their doctors there and they’re just evaluating me,” Porter said in a recent appearance on JJ Redick’s The Old Man & the Three podcast. “The guy from the Clippers was the head doctor and he’s the one that wrote the report, it’s like, ‘yeah, he probably will never play again.’”
In this Club Shay Shay clip, the new Phoenix Suns big man JaVale McGee tells Shannon Sharpe what to expect in his former Golden State Warriors teammate Klay Thompson’s return: “I expect the old Klay. I can maybe see him slacking on defense in the first month because in the offseason you don’t get those reps. But offensively, he didn’t hurt his arm, so that boy is going to shoot.”
UFC fighter Ryan Spann trains at the gym owned by ex-NBA star Deron Williams … and the light heavyweight contender once sparred with the hooper — AND GOT HIS BUTT KICKED!! “Deron whooped my ass one day. I’m dead serious. You can call him and ask him,” Spann told TMZ Sports.
Context? We talked to the 30-year-old, 6’5″, 205 lb. fighter just days before he’s set to face 6th ranked LHW, Anthony Smith … and we asked the 11th ranked fighter if he ever rolled around with 6’3″ Williams at their gym, Fortis MMA in Dallas. “I was training for a fight, and coach was like, ‘Deron, get in.’ And, I already knew he hooped, and I knew who he was, but I never got to go with him,” Ryan said, “I think it was my 2nd or my 3rd round with a fresh body, and you put Deron in, I was like, ‘Oh s**t, nice, I get a round off.’ Little did I know Deron used to wrestle. And, he was about 230 at the time.”