NBA Trade Rumors: San Antonio Spurs Player Requesting Trade

Garrett JochnauCorrespondent IIFebruary 21, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 12:  Shannon Brown #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles on James Anderson #25 of the San Antonio Spurs during the game at Staples Center on April 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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According to a tweet earlier this morning by Buck Harvey, James Anderson's agent is encouraging the front office to shop the San Antonio Spurs guard.

Anderson's future seemed so bright earlier this season. After impressing coaches and trainers in the preseason, the young guard earned himself a role on the roster.

Then, following Manu Ginobili's first injury, Anderson found his way into the starting lineup by replacing Ginobili at the shooting guard position.

Soon, Anderson was forgotten as his role on the team took a backseat to other emerging stars. Gary Neal continues to prove himself a valuable asset at either guard position, and the emergence of Danny Green has impressed everyone.

Even with Ginobili out, Anderson still finds himself wondering whether he'll make an appearance in the game and get a chance to prove any abilities he may have.

The second-year guard out of Oklahoma State is averaging just 6.8 minutes this month and is putting up a mere 2.8 points per game.

With a plethora of guards, the Spurs should be happy to trade Anderson, whose contract makes him more expensive than both Neal and Green.

Unfortunately, Anderson has shown little talent to draw interest from any teams. The ideal transaction would be swapping Anderson for an unused big man who is also unhappy with his role.

Perhaps sending Anderson to the Clippers in exchange for rookie Trey Thompkins would be interesting, as the Clippers could use a true shooter to take Billups' place.

Thompkins has played all of two minutes in the past five games, and his role continues to decrease following the addition of Kenyon Martin. Whether or not the Clippers would have any interest in Anderson is a completely different story.

However, the Spurs have very little trading pieces to throw in to make any offer eye-catching to other teams.

For now, it seems as though Anderson will ride the bench and look to take advantage of any opportunity he is given.