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Cavaliers Interested In Ryan Anderson

10:27pm: The Wizards have talked with the Pelicans about acquiring Anderson, but prefer to pursue Kevin Durant rather than pay Anderson in free agency, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical on Yahoo Sports. Anderson is expected to attract a salary starting at $16MM-$18MM when he hits the market this summer, and Washington would rather chase Durant without having to worry about Anderson.

Wojnarowski also reports that the Pistons and Pelicans had “serious talks” about Anderson before Detroit opted to trade for Tobias Harris on Tuesday. Detroit was interested in a larger deal with the Magic that included Evan Fournier, but Orlando wanted to keep him.

3:39pm: The Cavaliers are talking to the Pelicans about power forward Ryan Anderson, tweets Frank Isola of The New York Daily News. He adds that a three-team deal that includes Kevin Love is still possible. Cleveland has “strong interest” in acquiring Anderson, tweets Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports.

The Pelicans are motivated to move Anderson because they aren’t sure if they can keep him once he enters free agency this summer. New Orleans expects Anderson to receive an offer with a starting salary in the neighborhood of $16MM-$18MM. The Heat, Kings, Wizards and Pistons are among the teams rumored to have interest in Anderson, although Detroit may have pulled out after Tuesday’s trade for Tobias Harris.

If Love is included in a deal, it will end a tumultuous season and a half with the Cavaliers. After being acquired from Minnesota in a 2014 trade, Love was supposed to be part of a new Big Three in Cleveland, but the fit was never as smooth as expected. He posted scoring and rebounding totals that were far behind his numbers with the Wolves.

Anderson, an eight-year veteran stretch forward, is averaging 16.7 points and 5.9 rebounds in 51 games with New Orleans. His salary is $8.5MM this season, while Love is making $19.5MM in the second season of a five-year max deal, so if they’re both involved in the same trade, some work will need to be done to match salaries.

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10 thoughts on “Cavaliers Interested In Ryan Anderson

  1. Smoove

    Anderson is a upgrade offensively over Love. Makes sense.

  2. Z.....

    Who says no? New Orleans or Atlanta? Anderson, Tyreke Evans, Alonzo Gee, and Hassan Whiteside to Atlanta. Goran Dragic, Josh McRoberts, and Kent Bazemore to New Orleans. Jeff Teague and Horford to the Heat

    • Atlanta considering they are getting one guy who is out for the year and two pending free agents. Also I imagine someone is going to ask the Heat to give up more than Dragic and Whiteside (pending free agent) since McRoberts also has little value.

      • Z.....

        I’m not gonna lie; I forgot Tyreke Evans was out for the season with that knee lol. As I read your first sentence, I remembered

  3. BDJB519

    Love is in the first year of his new deal that he signed this past offseason.

  4. Kevin Love will not be traded. I understand this is a site for rumors, but a guy that makes a suggestion to the writer of this blog does not constitute as A rumor. I sometimes feel like this site just makes stuff up in order to keep post flowing

    • “a guy that makes a suggestion to the writer of this blog does not constitute as A rumor”

      WTF are you talking about? This article is simply reporting on existing trade speculation. Mr. Hills contribution to this article are the final two paragraphs, neither of which contain rumors. Read harder!

  5. Random thought here… If they were gonna get rid of Love would they not want a similar player in return. Why not Cavs, Clips trade… Love/Griffin. Howard(Houston)is looking for a new home a wants a new contract. Cavs are playing for a ring and could rebuild each off season. Howard to Clev and Thompson/Schumpert to Houston.

    • cahern13

      Lol. No chance the Cavs trade their best perimeter defender and best rebounder for a declining and aging player who can opt out after this year

  6. Dana Gauruder

    You’ve got wonder how Kevin Love will feel if he’s not traded. Seems like they’re eager to get rid of him.

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