According to an ESPN reporter, the Houston Rockets are gauging market interest in sharpshooting forward Ryan Anderson.
Just a few days ago, Daryl Morey discussed the current trade market with the media. The Rockets GM said that he doesn’t expect to make any big moves before the trade deadline on Feb. 8. Although, it is possible that Houston could add another point guard as injury insurance.
Morey might not expect to make any big moves, but that doesn’t mean he won’t test the market. According to Kelly Iko of ESPN 97.5, the Rockets are “quietly gauging” the trade market for Ryan Anderson.
Anderson was the piece that Houston needed to move in order to acquire Carmelo Anthony over the summer. Melo was willing to waive his no-trade clause to join the Rockets, but the Knicks wouldn’t trade for Anderson.
Ryan Anderson is one of the best shooting power forwards in the league. Ryno is currently averaging just 10.2 points per game, the lowest scoring mark since the 2009-10 season, his second year. Anderson is shooting 37.9 percent from 3-point range, although most games he’s either hit or miss.
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What’s even more troubling is that Anderson plays fairly well on road games but he really struggles at Toyota Center. Ryno is averaging 12.4 points on 40.9 percent shooting from downtown on the road but just 8.1 points on 33.9 percent shooting from distance at home.
To make matter worse, the Rockets net rating improves by 7.3 points per 100 possessions when Anderson is on the bench. Anderson is only in the second year of his 4-year $80 million contract.
Trading Anderson will be a tough task for Daryl Morey, although Houston shocked everyone when they acquired Chris Paul over the summer.
If Houston is shopping Anderson, we can only assume that the Rockets are attempting to clear cap space in order to make a run at LeBron over the summer. The Rockets would still have to get creative in order to acquire the King, but clearing Anderson’s $20 million salary would be a head start.