July 2, 2016, 1:49 pm
The Vertical reported on Saturday that unrestricted free agent Ryan Anderson plans to sign a four-year, $80 million deal with the Rockets.
Anderson ranked as our No. 13 power forward in free agency and we projected a four-year, $17 million per year contract so needless to say we’re calling this an albatross of a deal. Anderson is a skilled perimeter player even if his 3-point percentage (37.7 percent) doesn’t jump off the page, and he can do some things in the mid-range with a fadeaway jumper and some nifty post moves. He’s a good locker room guy too but that’s where the good news stops.
Anderson has missed a bunch of games due to a litany of injuries and he wasn’t able to play big minutes on a shallow New Orleans squad. Defensively he’s a total mess and his rebounding isn’t great, either. He lands in Houston where he fits Mike D’Antoni and Daryl Morey’s offense-first mentality so in that regard this was one of the better places for him to land.
Update: It’s official (pending moratorium, etc.)
The Houston Rockets have agreed to terms on a four-year $80 million deal with power forward Ryan Anderson… https://t.co/jsCWzym1YA
— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) July 2, 2016