Where Can the Houston Rockets Trade Ryan Anderson?
By Michael Knight
The Rockets are currently stuck with a giant contract.
Ryan Anderson and his $20 million a year contract are seriously hurting the Rockets right now. There is no doubt about it that the team will look to trade him before they attempt to acquire another star. They have to do that in order to make the cap situation work. The problem is that nobody wants to pay that much money for Ryan Anderson. Ryno is a fairly one-dimensional player and he seemed to disappear during the playoffs for the Rockets. He shoots the 3 incredibly but does not rebound and play defense well at all. However, there is a market for stretch big men so maybe someone will give him a shot, literally and figuratively. Let’s look at some potential suitors.
The Nets are a team with plenty of cap space and are heading for another bad year. With the amount of money they have, adding someone with the contract of Ryan Anderson would not hurt them at all. They apparently are also looking to take on some salary dumps.
Woj says Nets still looking for salary dumps.
— NetsDaily.com (@NetsDaily) July 1, 2017
This opportunity would be a perfect one for Daryl Morey to swoop in and dump off Ryan Anderson and his contract. It would also reunite Anderson with the team that drafted him, so maybe he would want a return.
The Suns are a team that has recently struck out on free agents they wanted. They were after Blake Griffin and Paul Millsap and both of those players decided to not sign in Phoenix. After their failures, the Suns are looking to get young and are willing to take on contracts.
Sources: Suns out on Millsap pursuit, turning to use cap space to absorb $ dumps paired w/ assets. Open to moving vets, going all-in young.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2017
The main problem with the Rockets is that they are out of young assets. With the trade of Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell to the Clippers for Chris Paul, the only real young talent the Rockets have is Chinanu Onuaku. Even though Nanu has a bright future, I’m not sure that is exactly what the Suns are after. Maybe, the Rockets and Suns could find a third team to give the Suns what they desire. Even though this option is unlikely for the Rockets, the possibility is still there.
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The Sixers are another team that may be willing to take on Ryan Anderson’s contract. Philly is all in on spending money this offseason, and Ryan Anderson is a perfect player to fit that system. He can mentor a young Dario Saric, another good stretch four. The Sixers just signed an incredible shooter in J.J. Redick and might be looking to add more shooting. Philadephia is probably the least likely team on this list to take Anderson, but it is worth a phone call if you are Daryl Morey.
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