NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Pelicans sit at 20-33 at the All-Star Break and have a big decision to make before Thursday's NBA Trade Deadline: to trade forward Ryan Anderson for future assets or to hold out hope for a playoff push.
With Anderson approaching the first free agency of his career this summer, any team trading for the 3-point shooter runs the risk of him signing elsewhere in free agency, a fear that Yahoo! NBA writer Marc Spears tweeted about Monday.
"For any NBA team interested in trading for Pelicans Ryan Anderson, source said he's very interested in exploring FA so he'd be only a rental," Spears tweeted.
The 27-year-old Anderson is averaging 16.7 points per game on 43.1% field goal shooting and 38.3% shooting from three point range in his fourth season in New Orleans. NOLA.com | Times-Picayune beat writer John Reid spoke on Sunday's FOX 8 Final Play about the decision facing the franchise.
"I don't believe they can re-sign Ryan Anderson, I think he's going to draw a maximum contract," Reid said. "I think in the best logic, it's time to make that move. If you're not going to sign him, at least get something back in return."
Thursday's deadline is at 2 PM, Central time. The Pelicans return to action Friday, hosting the Philadelphia 76ers.