According to Michael Scotto of Sheridan Sports, the New Orleans Pelicans were approached by the Sacramento Kings regarding a trade of Rudy Gay for Ryan Anderson. Reportedly, the deal was turned down by Dell Demps and company.
The Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans are two of several teams that have aggressively worked the phones. The Kings called the Pelicans and offered Gay for Anderson, league sources tell SheridanHoops.
The Pelicans have been searching for help on the wing, including potential D-League call-up options such as Orlando Johnson. Starting small forward Quincy Pondexter has missed the entire season thus far and is scheduled for left knee surgery.
At 29, Gay is a proven scorer in the prime of his career who can create his own shot and play both forward positions. Gay is on the books for $13.3 million next season and has a $14.2 million player option for the 2017-18 season.
Anderson is the type of stretch-4 who would provide needed floor spacing with Rajon Rondo as the floor general and DeMarcus Cousins – the league’s best center – anchoring the post. Anderson, a career 38 percent 3-point shooter in the final year of his contract, will be one of the NBA’s most coveted unrestricted free agents.
However, the Pelicans – who are in contention to land top lottery picks Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram – have declined Sacramento’s proposal for now.
The linked article states that Anderson has been in the crosshairs for a number of teams for much of the season, a fact well known across the league, but this story is the first proof of concrete evidence involving Anderson since the Markieff Morris rumors at the start of last month.
Many feel the Pelicans have not had a stable presence at small forward since Trevor Ariza departed, but it appears the oft-overrated Gay does not represent a step in the right direction for team management. In addition, it may also signal that Demps believes Anderson could fetch a greater return than just a maligned journeyman whose best attribute is volume scoring.
Stay tuned for further developments as it appears it may not a question of if but rather when Anderson will be traded this season.