Yesterday, San Antonio Express News columnist Buck Harvey reported that James Anderson's agent is encouraging the Spurs to trade the second year shooting guard who has been buried on the bench since he had a poor start to in the first half of his first start of the season against Golden State.
He's shown flashes of why the Spurs drafted him (his play during the near come back against the Mavs comes to mind) but he's also looked really bad in other games (last night's Portland game was awful).
In a way I feel bad for Anderson. First he got benched and despite two of their top three guards being injured for most of the season, he still couldn't get some time on the court. Then his contract option didn't get picked up, so he has to worry about being a free agent this summer and isn't getting any playing time to show other team what he's got.
So now he's looking at signing with a team for the league minimum next season, being a training camp invitee or hanging out in the D-League waiting for guys to get injured so he can sign a ten day contract. This guy was supposed to be the Spurs' sixth man this season, so I'm sure the last couple of months of his life haven't been what he's expecting. Then again, he's a millionaire at age 22 so I don't feel that bad for him.
That being said, he's requested a trade and as the Spurs normally do, they'll probably try to accommodate him. So what else would I do in this situation but try to find some trade partners for James Anderson. This is way less exciting than my Tony Parker trade columns, but probably won't piss off nearly as many readers. Here we go!
-Matt Bonner and James Anderson for Chris Anderson: Let the Birdman fly through the AT&T Center. Did you know Birdman has a PER of 20? That's shockingly good. The Spurs have plenty of scorers, but they need a guy who can block some shots and can defend the pick and roll. I know Matt Bonner stretches the floor and is critical to the spacing, but you know what Matt Bonner doesn't do? He doesn't show up in the playoffs. In the last three seasons, Bonner has shot 31 percent from three. Anderson would add some depth to a Nuggets team that apparently can't keep anyone healthy. Let the Birdman fly!
-DeJuan Blair and James Anderson for Taj Gibson and John Lucas III: If only wishing made it so! Gibson would be perfect for what the Spurs need right now. John Lucas III would still be the guy LeBron jumped over a few weeks ago. Gibson is an excellent defender. He can rebound, block shots, help defend, you name it. The Bulls really need some perimeter scoring to help Derrick Rose, especially since Rip Hamilton can't seem to get healthy. Blair would make up for losing Gibson's rebounding and he's a slightly better offensive player, but he would also drive Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau nuts on how often he gets turned around on the pick and roll. So this one probably isn't happening, but man would it be sweet if it did.
-Matt Bonner and James Anderson for Anthony Tolliver and Anthony Randolph: In case you haven't noticed, the Spurs can't get much back for Mister Anderson alone, but the Wolves need perimeter scoring and need to thin out their interior just a bit. Randolph and Tolliver play less than 30 minutes per game combined, so it's not like they're key cogs in what Minnesota is doing. Aside from Wayne Ellington, the Wolves don't have a true shooting guard, so Anderson could fill that void. I think Bonner and Anderson could both do incredibly well with Ricky Rubio getting them open looks. The Spurs would get back two mobile bigs who can defend the pick and roll pretty well. They both have their warts to be sure. Randoph for example has all the potential in the world and has never capitalized on it. The Spurs once tried to fit Tolliver in to the Bonner role before, but so why not find a place for him again. This trade also works if you swap Anderson and Tolliver straight up or convince Kahn to give up wait for it... wait for it... DARKO for Bonner and Anderson.
Nola: http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=6qhrahr (can't trade Kaman?)
Bulls: http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=7jpnsm6 (too many players)
Wow how does Anderson suck!!! Pop is trying to get him out there and now we are seeing why he hasn't been able to get off the bench. So much promise, and talent, and potential and he just can't put the ball in the hole like he is paid to do.
This might work... http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=7qwev86 But I LOVE this... http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=26nmnj8 Not bad... http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=89af2b5 Or... http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=72hk5va I don't think any are likely, but its my first time playing with the trade machine!
@spursfan80 Good effort, unfortunately none are realistic. Kevin love for bonner/Anderson sounds good to me. Wolves maybe not so much lol. Keep it up!
You know, ever since Anderson announced his desire to be traded, I've been more critical of him. Tonight he played for 18 minutes and couldn't find the basket once. Tuesday I think he was outperformed by Dawson who was playing his first game in the NBA. I say let him go if he wants. Heck, keep him on the bench for the rest of the year and let him walk this summer. I doubt we'll get much for him in trade. I'm curious about Dawson, and think we should consider another 10 day contract to see what he's got. I'm sure Anderson is better than he's shown lately, but damn if you're going to demand a trade and the team gives you more minutes to appease you, show some skills at least for other teams that might sign you this summer or to show Pop what he will be missing.
Perhaps, its just the way Anderson plays, shy and unassuming but he get results. In the past, I have been saying that he lacks the aggressiveness of Green or Neal. So why not pick-up his option and become a restricted free agent for a chance? If this can't be done trade him with RJ. It is doubtful if the spurs will let go of Bonner. Work a trade with the Bucks for Illyasova and Sanders (scouted by the spurs earlier). Sanders is rarely used but he can defend the interior Talk with Nuggets and trade him for Faried. The spurs can't work with the Birdman who has some issues. The Jazz has several big men but lacking in the wings. Take Favors for Anderson and RJ. Tolliver is an ex-spurs but A. Randolph will be a welcome addition. James Anderson is a good player all he needs is a break.
@rtesoro440 Wow, Favors for JA & RJ. The Jazz would be rolling on the floor laughing.
RJ is not that bad. He is a veteran and seen better days. And Anderson is an able wing man, upcoming as a good future. What about Favors?
@Chris32 that's why i said i can understand why. and btw, Favors is in his 2nd season, not his rookie season. but don't call me insane because i never said i agreed on this trade idea.
@rtesoro440 Y'all are insane. Teams don't give up top 5 draft picks in their rookie season for an unproven #20 pick and an overpaid wing man who's lost a step. Favors only getting 19 mins/game btw RG8907, so take those stats with a grain o salt.
He is rarely used and the jazz may need wingmen. Josh Howard is not as good as Jefferson. Besides, the jazz has too many big men.
So what if he 21 yrs old? RJ is a good wingman and Anderson is just 22.
@Chris32 yet, he only averages 8 pts and 5 rebs as the #3 pick, but i can understand why.
@rtesoro440 Favors is a 21 year old #3 draft pick. 'Nuff said.
im liking the bonner/anderson for birdman. always liked birdman, his game, his defense, his attitude. dude is a good dude even if he did have a coke problem a few years back, he is completely clean now. (a guy is know is very close friends with him, used to be room mates at blinn and now they are hunting buddies.) im not so sure about the other trades. i still like the anderson/rj for stephen jackson myself. hell throw in a pick to sweeten the pot.
I don't know that I feel that bad for him. I guess I do that next year is up in the air for him, but if he was out played its not the fo's fault he rode the bench.... 6th man needs to hustle and bust ass.
@spursfan80 Yeah, I see what you're saying. I do feel like he was put on a short leash this season mostly because he wasn't shooting well. This is just me, but I don't see a giant difference between him and Danny Green. One just has a ton of confidence and the other doesn't, and I think the coaching staff is a little to blame for that.
I would take Darko in that trade because he can defend the post and is mobile enough to defend the pick and roll, he can score in the post a little too.