With the trade deadline now 10 days away, the time is getting closer for NBA teams to start debating whether a trade is needed to help their club improve.
Sure, big names like Dwight Howard, Deron Williams, Rajon Rondo, Chris Kaman, and Pau Gasol have been mentioned. But for the San Antonio Spurs, they quietly had one of their own reportedly request a trade, as guard James Anderson’s agent supposedly said his client would like to be traded.
Since February 21, the day after San Antonio Express News’ Buck Harvey made the trade rumor, Anderson has logged more minutes:
- 2/21 @ Portland: 35 minutes, 2/12 shooting, 11 points – This was the game where the Spurs were blasted by 40 points because head coach Gregg Popovich elected to rest Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, the starters also barely played any minutes.
- 2/23 @ Denver: 19 minutes, 0/4 shooting, 0 points – The Spurs were only missing Ginobili, but Gary Neal and Kawhi Leonard aggravated injuries, Anderson’s minutes did spike.
- 2/29 vs. Chicago: 24 minutes, 2/3 shooting, 5 points – This was a “national” game as ESPN was covering the game, a wide audience and more minutes for Anderson.
- 3/2 vs. Charlotte: 10 minutes, 0/1 shooting, 0 points – This was a 30-point blowout of the Bobcats, but Anderson mainly played in the fourth quarter when the starters were able to rest.
- 3/4 vs. Denver: 5:29 minutes, 0/1 shooting, 0 points - Another ESPN nationally televised game on Sunday, and even though it was Manu Ginobili’s return from injury, Anderson was still the first guard called off of the bench. He only played minimum minutes.
All this begs the question -- are the Spurs are showcasing Anderson?
If Anderson has any kind of trade value, he’s not showing it in the games since he asked for a trade. If the Spurs are showcasing him, then they’re hoping he has some sort of value on the open market so that an attainable piece could be added in the final 10-days before the trade deadline.
Since Anderson isn’t showing the numbers when he’s playing, interested teams might have to put the majority of their decision making in the assumption that the Spurs saw something in Anderson when they drafted him.
It’s the benefit the Spurs have of their drafting ability, not only to show their current players like Kawhi Leonard, but it makes opposing GM’s wonder if the players that aren’t playing as much, like Anderson, are still uncovered hidden gems waiting to produce with playing time.
It’s 10-days before the deadline, I wonder if New Orleans will be interested based on assumptions.
everyone is so down on Anderson, wander who will be the hot topic when Manu gets back out there an going good like he was at first. It seem as though no one ever points out some of the things that some of the other players do. They dont have a good game everytime they play. Who knows maybe Anderson will be better off on another team. I wish him good luck cause reading some of this stuff seems like it has turned to a bashing site.. We voice our opinion but we should be considerate of people feelings cause u never know whos reading this stuff. I love the SPURS but there is some that dont. I read the other day that D.wade say the SPURS were boring. I wouldnt get on here an say bad things about people. well in Anderson defense they must saw something in him they drafted him.
@larry23 Some players do have a bad game now and then, but Anderson has never had a good game as a spur in a regular season games . As for dwade, I have never read him saying anything of that nature, provide a link please. People talk trash all the time about the spurs, that goes with it. If your skin is so thin that you can't take negativity when your in the spot light like a spurs player then you should get a desk job.
I have been on JA's case from day one, I have compared him to a bag of potato, slow, out of shape... I think he needs to bring down his body fat %, he seems to be well over 15 for a guy his size. That should help with his mobility, and confidence is not something you can practice, it's something you have (example: Gary Neal).
However, I do think he's worth more than a 2nd round pick we'll get for him, I have seen him play in college and he can play on the offensive end, I would keep him around and let him walk as a Free Agent.
Anderson was given al the time in the world to prove his cause. It seems the spurs made a mistake when he was drafted. As of today, he has no trade value. Next season, Anderson will be a free agent.
by all these comments already all have answer though you cant forget that he was on the bench for a while and that probably made him loose his confidence but when Gregg Popovich gave him a chance i don't think he was expecting it and came out bad so maybe yea we can trade him or put him in d league though i really think we should wait a little like until NYK which is Wednesday if he doesn't do good then i guess d league or trade though you never know maybe he can turn up something like Jeremy Lin so we might regret trading him
Jeff i agree with you, by his agent going out and demanding a trade for JA, i think everyone was expecting to see him drop like 7-10 pts a game grab a few rebound here and there but he has made no overall impact, The Spurs have given him the chance, and as of right now he is hurting himself..
I think its been obvious that we've been showcasing him. JA is missing something though (confidence is my guess) and if he doesn't start taking advantage of the minutes he gets he may be circulating the dleague pretty soon
I believe so..he is hurting himself more than helping, simply because he hasnt been producing as much as he and the team would like. I really thought that he would of gotten more playing time this year,but with danny green killing it on the defensive side push JA down on the bench. What the Spurs could do is send him to the D-leauge for maybe 3games and lets teams see what he could do there and then bring him back for a trade?? sounds weird i know, but who knows...
@JeffProjectSpurs @cbmeadow i think just the opposite, i think he is hurting his stock. if he was going out and actually playing well that might help, he has been terrible. maybe we can trade him for a late 2nd rounder? thats what he is playing like.
send him to the dleague and let him get a game or 2 in with the lesser guys, maybe that brings his confidence back. he is a middle of the road guy this year, not nba ready, but i think to good for dleague. euro league here he comes!