REPORT: Houston Rockets gauging interest in Ryan Anderson
The Houston Rockets are “quietly gauging” interested league-wide for forward Ryan Anderson, who is in the second year of a four-year, $80 million deal, according to ESPN’s Kelly Iko.
Anderson’s contract is among many in the NBA which have benefitted from a massive figure, but have yet to merit it, as his averages of 10.2 points and 5.4 rebounds seem highly undeserving of a $20-million-a-year bill.
Anderson was a much more prominent scorer during his time with the Orlando Magic and the New Orleans Pelicans, but in his years as a Rocket, he’s been on the decline, now merely a fringe player that plays the role of a spot-up shooter.
The trade deadline is only three days away, and with plenty of franchises looking to improve their frontcourt shooting, the Rockets front office is doing its due diligence to find a way to unload his massive contract off the books.
Anderson’s shots have gone down since his first season with the Rockets, attempting only eight per game as a direct result of the addition of Chris Paul into the starting lineup. His efficiency from beyond the arc has also taken a dip, going from a healthy 40.3 percent to 37.9 this season.
Yet, the 6-foot-10 forward could garner some limited offers, still 29 years young and potentially receiving a second chance to revitalize his career elsewhere. Houston won’t let him go for nothing, but gauging the interest for his services is still a smart move, as the front office can always revisit this instance in the offseason.
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