The New Orleans Pelicans could trade forward Ryan Anderson before the February deadline. The Pelicans are gauging the trade market for Anderson, but no deal has been finalized yet.
Forward Anderson is currently in the final year of his contract which is worth $ 8.5 million this season. The forward, after completion of this season, becomes an unrestricted free agent. Anderson is eyeing a maximum projected contract for next season, and Pelicans are prioritizing to keep Anthony Davis.
ESPN analyst Jalen Rose pointed out that the Pelicans will trade Anderson to retain Anthony Davis and bring in a new star. Sources reveal that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is on the cards. The Charlotte Hornets have utilized Jeremy Lin quite well and Nicolas Batum is in form. The Hornets won’t mind trading Kidd-Gilchrist now, as he is known for his defensive abilities. Plus, he’s a close friend of Anthony Davis.
”If and when a move does happen, I think it’s going to take place and he (Anderson) will be involved,” Rose predicted on Tuesday. ”He’s one of the better stretch fours in the league, however, Anthony Davis also prefers to play power forward so far a lot of lineups they truly play the same spot. They probably won’t give him the deal that he’s going to command based with the team struggle with him on the roster.”
Anderson is averaging 17.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in 25 games this season after Alvin Gentry paired him with Anthony Davis. The Pelicans, currently 9-17, will take on Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.