The Houston Rockets decided to bring back fan-favorite Ryan Anderson and will need him to provide meaningful minutes to make an impact on the team.
When the Houston Rockets had Ryan Anderson on the roster the first time, he was signed to a gargantuan contract worth $80 million over four years. Due to Anderson’s massive cap number, he was expected to provide more than he was able to contribute. This was unfair to Anderson, obviously, as he doesn’t control how much money a team decides to pay him.
Strangely, the expectations of Anderson started to shift towards him being a good defender, which was also unfair to him, as this was never a strength of his. Unsurprisingly, Anderson was unable to live up to the demands and expectations of that contract, as he was sent packing after only two years in Houston.
The second time around with Anderson should be much different, as according to Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic, he made $250k upon signing and will make another $250k on opening night, which is pennies on the dollar compared to what he was initially signed to. In addition, Anderson will surely be excited to be playing for a contender after spending parts of last season on the Phoenix Suns and the Miami Heat, who both missed the playoffs.
With Anderson back in the fold for the Rockets, here are three goals for him for the upcoming season.
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