December 15th has arrived and with it NBA trade season is truly open. Six New Orleans Pelicans can now be traded; Omer Asik, Alexis Ajinca, Dante Cunningham, Alonzo Gee, Luke Babbitt, Kendrick Perkins, and Ish Smith. Those players, signed during the summer, were ineligible to be traded prior to December 15th in accordance with the NBA CBA.
Of course these restrictions did not apply to Ryan Anderson, who has found himself in trade rumors more than anyone else on the roster. If the Pelicans wished to include any of the previously mentioned players, or desired a player from a different roster under similar restrictions, waiting until December 15th was the only option. Anderson is on the active roster this evening after missing Friday and Saturday with a nasty stomach bug. In his own words Ryno had it, "coming out the basement and the attic."
Starting tonight at midnight, 378 out of the 447 NBA players will be eligible to be traded.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) December 14, 2015
Markieff Morris is still a member of the Phoenix Suns, but has not played a minute since trade rumors started swirling last Tuesday. Unlike Anderson, Morris has piled up a couple DNP-CDs in the last seven days and is well on his way to his third tonight in Dallas. I remain skeptical both of the wisdom behind trading for Morris and of the likelihood a trade is completed.
Stay tuned. If this peculiar CBA function was the only roadblock a trade could be consummated relatively soon. If not to Phoenix there should be a long line of potential suitors.
If he's paired with a good enough defensive scheme and rim protector, you've got the best of what the modern stretch four can offer, with his faults covered. The Grizzlies, Wizards, and Kings should be absolutely knocking down the Pelicans' doors with offers, as should almost all of the league outside of the Warriors, Spurs, Cavaliers, and Clippers. He's too valuable in too many areas. The rebounding component is really significant. Not only are his individual rebounding numbers good (10.5 per 100 possessions, 7.8 per 36 minutes), but the Pelicans' rebound percentage (percentage of available boards snagged) goes up when he's on the floor.
The offers for Anderson should be deep and hefty.