NBA Rumor: Ryan Anderson Trade

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3 years ago via ESPN

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.

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.
4 years ago via ESPN

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.
4 years ago via ESPN

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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