Lakers May Pursue Ryan Anderson In Gasol Deal

MONDAY, 6:44pm: The Hornets say they don’t have any interest in trading Anderson, tweets HoopsWorld’s Steve Kyler, who adds that the team is “absolutely thrilled” with him. Anderson says he’s enjoying New Orleans, and is confident the team will improve once Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis are back (Twitter link).

SATURDAY, 4:27pm: Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni‘s desire for a stretch four who can make three-pointers and leave the post work to Dwight Howard is what’s prompting the team to consider trading Pau Gasol, and the “name that keeps coming up” is Ryan Anderson, according to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News. Anderson, who played with Howard in Orlando, precisely fits the definition of a stretch four, but he’s ineligible to be traded until later in the season, since he inked a new deal this offseason in a sign-and-trade transaction that sent him to the Hornets.

A move wouldn’t be imminent anyway, since the Lakers are waiting to see how the team runs with a healthy Steve Nash, Lawrence writes. Most offseason signees are eligible to be traded beginning December 15th, but because Anderson received a raise of better than 20% and re-signed via Bird Rights with the Magic, who were over the cap, I believe he can’t be traded until January 15th, even though he went to New Orleans in the sign-and-trade. According to Larry Coon’s Salary Cap FAQ, the restrictions apply to the first trade after the sign-and-trade, and not the sign-and-trade itself.

Either way, the Hornets will be free to trade Anderson at some point this season, one that hasn’t gone as planned for New Orleans, with injuries to Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis. Anderson has been a bright spot, as most of his numbers have been largely on par with those from last season, when he won the Most Improved Player of the Year award. His field goal percentage and three-point percentages are both at career highs this year, even as he’s taking more shots than ever.

Still, with a healthy Davis, who seems better suited at power forward than center, clearly the centerpiece of the team, it’s difficult to see where Anderson and his four-year, $34MM contract fit on the Hornets. Gasol, a more natural fit at center than Davis, could make sense, even with Robin Lopez around. New Orleans would have to give up much more salary to absorb Gasol’s $19MM deal, however.

The Lakers have also been linked to Josh Smith, but Hawks GM Danny Ferry, who cleared a lot of cap room this past summer, is reluctant to bring aboard Gasol’s sizable contract even though it expires after next season, Lawrence reports.

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da boss
3 years 8 months ago

Lets pull the trigger on josh smith now ASAP

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citanafloot
3 years 8 months ago

I like the deal with Toronto better… Andrea bargnani, Jose Calderon, and leiniz kleiza for gasol. not only would that give us a more proven stretch 4 but would add great players to the bench where we need it most at point guard and small forward

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Peter Maguire
3 years 8 months ago

Oh my what huge mistake – Bargnani would be 3 point shooting big man, seriously. This team has to get better on defense and Calderon and Bargnani suck. Klieza is a great hustle guy but not a lean on go-to guy every night. all good bench players none in Pau’s league.

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Mahmoud
3 years 8 months ago

Iiii

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Mahmoud
3 years 8 months ago

I would like to see Ryan Anderson in this offense but the problem with trading Pau is when dwight goes to the bench whose going to play the center spot. Ryan Anderson and someone like Josh smith can’t slide over to the 5 when Dwights resting or in foul trouble. With Pau we are able to do that so that’s my issue with those trades!!!!

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dur
3 years 8 months ago

Jordan Hill

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Peter Maguire
3 years 8 months ago

One good year Ryan Anderson? for how many year MVP Pau? gimme a break, this guy is weaker than Pau by a mile and very inconsistent. The rotation of the players needs to change, and that outlet pass from the rebound should be sent to a guard before the bigs feet hit the floor in order to push the break for easier fastbreak points.

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Hec4Mets
3 years 8 months ago

Um yea one good year sure doesn’t seem like it he’s probably the best offensive player the Hornets have right now Ryan Anderson is no fluke player he won most improved player for a reason and is showing it this year again (19pts and 8rebounds per game)

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Hector Cortes
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t see how this deal helps the Hornets at all other then getting cap space again for 2014 doesn’t really make sense for them if you ask me….

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jacob_p0pky
3 years 8 months ago

Lakers trade Pau Gasol, Robert Sacre, and Steve Blake.
Lakers get Ryan Anderson, Derrick Williams, and J.J Barea

New Orleans trades Ryan Anderson, Brian Roberts, and Austin Rivers.
New Orleans gets Nicola Pekovic, Luke Ridnour, and Ekpe Udoh.

Minnesota trades Nicola Pekovic, Derrick Williams, Luke Ridnour, J.J Barea, and Greg Stiesma
Minnesota gets Pau Gasol, Steve Blake, and Robert Sacre.

Milwaukee trades Ekpe Udoh.
Milwaukee gets Austin Rivers.

In this trade the Lakers trade Gasol(who while being a top 3 or 4 power forward isn’t the right fit for this team) along with Sacre(60th pick) and dump Blake for one of the best stretch 4’s in the league… Read more »

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Michael Nguyen
3 years 8 months ago

retard trade. Minnesota would never give up Pekovic a solid 5 for Pau Gasol.

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Peter Maguire
3 years 8 months ago

Holy cow – if we trade for anyone on Minnesota it is Kevin Love period… clean the bench and Pau, as well as MWP. Pekovic is a stiff and another weak all around player – a project, laughable.

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Peter Maguire
3 years 8 months ago

If we go to Milwaukee don’t forget to wipe them out too- you got to take Monta with Udoh. these trades are so far out there… it is crazy. Too much to change and not enough impact from anyone at all coming to the Lakers to make any of it seem worth it. Barrea career 2nd string slacker, Ryan -one year as a 3 point hack, Derrick Williams still has not proven he can play in the NBA. oh yeah better younger legs to run so that is what wins Championships, right…. oh my the BUss’ move to put… Read more »

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Michael Nguyen
3 years 8 months ago

u fool i can tell u dont watch the NBA if u think Pekovic is a stiff.

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Peter Maguire
3 years 8 months ago

Wow – what are you 18 year old know it all, I am 50 and follow BBall most of my life as a ref, coach and scout – Love the game. rarely wrong on talent. A GUY LIKE YOU JUST HAS TO CHALLENGE THE WRONG GUY AND OK HERE YOU GO.
3 years in the league got a little better but only 6 rebs a game, maybe 10 points avg. by now and was considered a lost cause in his first season. Good start to this season with the minutes but now with a real presence of Love his numbers… Read more »

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The voice of reason
3 years 8 months ago

Anytime you have a chance to trade a 24 year-old on a good contract that is playing ar an all-star level you have to pull the trigger!! Especially when your best players are 23 and 19. If you can get a 32 year-old on a bad contract with injury history it just makes too much sense not to. This is maybe the stupidest article that I have ever read. I actually feel dumber for reading it. Unless the Lakers are trading Paul George, Derek Favors or Damian Lillard they can forget about acquiring Ryan Anderson. … Read more »

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Peter Maguire
3 years 8 months ago

well, you lose Pau and Howard gets to destroy the franchise in his own special way when the season ends… why would you get rid of Pau, Kobe, or Nash they are the only things that represent a decent base of a team next year.Everyone on the team besides those 4 are up for grabs but no way do you sell off Pau for anyone less than a superstar.

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Blinds
3 years 8 months ago

I agree totally pau is not the problem our rotation is

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Paul Robinson
3 years 8 months ago

That means our Coach sucks…. We want PHIL.

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Connector
3 years 8 months ago

Trading Gasol would be a huge mistake. He is one of the best mobile big men in the NBA. The Lakers need to be a little more patient until all the pieces are in place and have had some time to get used to each other.

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cucamongakid
3 years 8 months ago

I got a better idea let’s ditch dumbass d’antoni this clown has never won anythinh just like dumbass jim buss JERRY BETTER TAKE CONTROL

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