The trade deadline is finally moving and the first trade is in! The Detroit Pistons will send Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova to the Orlando Magic for Tobias Harris. I was a Tobias Harris fan this summer and dreamed of a way the Pelicans could snag him in free agency. Despite not involving the New Orleans Pelicans this certainly has some effect on the market (both now and in the future) for Ryan Anderson.
Pistons President of Basketball Operations and head coach Stan Van Gundy has a successful history with Ryan Anderson in Orlando. In late January it was reported that Detroit coveted Anderson but was unwilling to move assets to acquire the Pelicans Flamethrower. Instead, with a little patience SVG traded two role players for a playmaking stretch-four in Harris. It didn't even cost the Pistons any significant assets at all according to the most recent reports.
No other pieces in deal, I'm told. Pistons-Magic finalizing deal to send Brandon Jennings & Ersan Ilyasova to Orlando & Tobias Harris to Det— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) February 16, 2016
This trickles down to the market for Ryan Anderson. One possible trade partner (however reluctant) is off the table as the deadline approaches. Hypothetically that decrease in demand would depress Ryno's trade value. On the other side of the coin, one possible suitor in free agency has nearly eliminated themselves from chasing Anderson this summer. Anderson's value on the market right now increases if he is looked at as something beyond a rental.
Yes, a lot of teams are going to have a lot of cap space this summer. Anderson is probably going to make in excess of $18 million in his first season, requiring that same amount in cap space unless a sign-and-trade (unlikely in an environment when a lot of teams have tons of cap space) can be negotiated. Remember, Anderson is an unrestricted free agent.
Trading for Anderson now means his cap hold will only be $12.75M (creates additional functional cap space for a team trading for him who wants to re-sign him), the ability to offer 7.5% raises (another advantage for trading for Anderson now), and if necessary a fifth year on the contract. There are advantages to trading for Anderson right now, especially if a team is interested in him already this summer.
Does Detroit trading for Harris decrease his value (due to eliminating a potential partner) or increase it because a team trading for Anderson can point to one less potential threat this summer? I don't know. If I had to guess, I think it increases the likelihood Anderson is moved.
Here's another one that just came in. I don't think it has an effect on the Pelicans immediately like the Harris move.
Memphis is trading Courtney Lee to Charlotte, sources tell @TheVertical— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 16, 2016
Sources: As part of Lee deal, Charlotte sending Brian Roberts, PJ Hairston and two 2nds to Memphis.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 16, 2016
Unlike last year the movement has already begun. Strap in for a wild ride.
Please don't screw this up Dell Demps...