- 2015-16 – $8.5 million1
- 2016-17 – UFA
2015-16 Stats as of 12/22/15
- Houston Rockets
- Phoenix Suns
- Washington Wizards
- Detroit Pistons
- Miami Heat
There’s no shortage of teams for a capable three-point shooting and scoring stretch-four in the modern NBA. Houston is the only team that has been clearly publicly connected with Anderson and that trade makes perfect sense for a lot of reasons. But, the Washington Wizards could use a shake up and a true stretch-four if they’re going to stick with the small-ball lineups. Detroit with Stan Van Gundy has a history with Anderson and is a logical upgrade at the four.
The most interesting deal to me involves the Miami Heat though. There are rumors out there that the Heat are not enamored with keeping Hassan Whiteside for a laundry list of reasons. I’m not sure what the fit is between trade assets because this would be a tough deal to swing with the value of Whiteside compared to his salary and lack of true impact assets that the Pelicans can stand to let go. But, keeping Bosh at center and bringing in a stretch-four might be the best short-term decision for Miami’s title hopes. Pat Riley doesn’t have to look solely to the future, he’s not long for the front office at this point in his career.
There’s not too much to say about Anderson himself. You’re getting what you see. He’s a capable shooter, inching close to 40% most years, but settling at closer to 38%. Depending on his role, Anderson is a capable rebounder, though unspectacular. That has a lot to do with being behind the three-point line at the moment most shots are taken.
New Orleans is supposedly just listening right now, but things could heat up fast if they find the right trade. It doesn’t sound like the Pelicans want to wait this out and let this team form naturally.