Ryan Anderson Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation on Pelicans PF

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Ryan Anderson Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation on Pelicans PF
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With the New Orleans Pelicans nosediving out of contention, some teams looked at forward Ryan Anderson as a potential trade target. However, no team was able to land a deal for him before the deadline.

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Anderson Expected to Test Open Market

Wednesday, March 9

Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders reported, "Sources close to the situation say that Anderson is prepared to hear pitches from other teams as an unrestricted free agent this summer and, at the moment, seems to be leaning toward leaving New Orleans."

Kennedy added, "Sources close to Anderson have said that the power forward is strongly considering a change of scenery and a fresh start with a new team, and there will be a long list of suitors trying to sign the stretch 4."

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports first reported on Feb. 15 that Anderson made it known he'll be exploring unrestricted free agency this summer.

Anderson's Contract Hurt Trade Value for Pelicans

Thursday, Feb. 18

Marc Stein of ESPN reported the threat of Anderson leaving in free agency "limited what teams were willing to offer [the Pelicans]."

Cavaliers Linked to Anderson

Thursday, Feb. 18

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported Wednesday that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Pelicans discussed a three-team trade that includes Anderson and Kevin Love. However, Fox Sports' Sam Amico reported Thursday that a deal for Anderson was "not likely."

Spears reported Wednesday that the Cavaliers were "showing strong interest in acquiring [Anderson]."  

Pelicans Reportedly Looked for Anderson Suitor

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported that the Pelicans were "pushing hard" to find a trade partner for Anderson, "whom they expect to lose in summer free agency."

Heat Interested in Anderson This Summer

Monday, Feb. 15

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported the Miami Heat may target Anderson if they're unable to sign center Hassan Whiteside to a long-term deal:

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.

Anderson Failing to Impress with Pelicans

Anderson is averaging 16.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while shooting 37.6 percent from three-point range. He's among the best sixth men in basketball and has seen a marked return to form after a lost 2014-15 campaign.

His $8.5 million salary for 2015-16, per Spotrac, will be about the going rate for an average veteran as the new TV deal kicks in, and Anderson's ability to stretch the floor is a vital commodity. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him wind up with a raise of around $5 million or so per season in his next contract.

The Pelicans, having already dumped an unfortunate amount of money in Omer Asik, may wind up balking at a nearly $25 million figure for the Asik-Anderson pairing. Asik is borderline untradable at this point, so Anderson may have to be the one to go if New Orleans wants to keep its cap flexibility. Given the team hit the All-Star break at 20-33, this is all making for an unfortunate situation. 

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