Former Orlando Magic forward is headed to New Orleans in a sign and trade deal.
According to reports, the Magic have refused to match the offer sheet he received and will instead trade him for center Gustavo Ayon. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the deal is expected to be finalized by Wednesday. Anderson’s new deal is expected to be worth between $34 million and $36 million over four years.
Anderson averaged 16.1 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game in his first year as a starter. Standing 6’10 and shooting 39.3% from three, Anderson is prototypical “stretch” player, meaning that he forces the opposing team to defend the power forward all the way out to the three point line. Last season, he lead the league in three pointers made and attempted.
Anderson told this to the Orlando Sentinel:
“In Orlando, there’s so many amazing things and so many amazing people that I got to know,” Anderson told the Orlando Sentinel. “It was such a blessing to be there. But it’s a business, and I’m incredibly excited to be a part of an organization that’s rebuilding and that’s building up, and that could be really good.”
Anderson now joins a New Orleans team that added Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers in the draft, and is likely to match any offer Eric Gordon receives on the restricted free agent market.