One of the hottest names on this year’s trade rumor circuit is New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson. The veteran will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and will likely demand a huge payday with the salary cap expected to rise close to $90 million.
As we approach today’s deadline, Anderson has been linked to almost half of the teams in the league in one way, shape or form. But the veteran is taking all of the hoopla in stride.
“I’m not going to read into it,” Anderson said, according to Jim Eichenhofer of NBA.com. “It’s part of the game. I’m not a newbie. They are rumors – I don’t [know] what’s legit or not.
“Up until this point, it’s still rumors. I’m not really trying to look into a bunch of information. I’m trying to be professional and do my job here. If I get a call [that a trade has happened], I get a call.”
Anderson is averaging 16.7 points and 5.9 rebounds on 38 percent shooting from three-point range in 51 appearances this season.
Boston Celtics Officially Waive David Lee
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have waived forward/center David Lee.
“We thank David for his contributions to our organization and wish him nothing but the best in the future,” said President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge.
Lee will become an unrestricted free agent if he clears waivers (as expected). Prior to being waived, Lee was the Celtics’ highest-paid player this season since his 2015-16 salary was $15,493,680.
The veteran big man appeared in 30 contests for the Celtics this season. He averaged 7.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 15.7 minutes per game over that span.
Suns Expected to Waive DeJuan Blair
The Suns also acquire Blair, whose contract has a $2 million team option for next season, and Humphries, who is under contract for $4.6 million next season. The Suns are expected to waive Blair immediately.
VIDEO: NBA Trade Deadline Reaction
Did any move made before the NBA trade deadline make a true difference? BasketballInsiders’ Steve Kyler joins CineSport’s Noah Coslov to discuss what happened and didn’t happen on Thursday.
Did any trade-deadline deals make a true difference? Basketball Insiders’ Steve Kyler joins CineSport’s Noah Coslov to discuss what happened and didn’t happen on Thursday.[Editor’s Note: The Memphis Grizzlies received four second-round picks in the Courtney Lee deal, not first-round picks as stated in the video.]