Friday, July 26, 2013
Alan Anderson to Brooklyn
By Mike Mazzeo
The Brooklyn Nets Friday added free agent Alan Anderson, agreeing with the free agent on a two-year contract worth $2 million with a player option for the second year of the deal.
Some quick thoughts and notes:
1. Anderson, 30, averaged 10.7 points on 38.3 percent shooting (33.3 percent from 3-point range) in 23 minutes in 65 games for the Toronto Raptors last season.
2. Memphis Grizzlies executive John Hollinger wrote this scouting report about Anderson when he was with ESPN: "Slashing, overaggressive wingman with sloppy handle. Good set shooter. Solid defensive player with good size and later quickness. Poor ball handler and passer. Very poor rebound rate for size."
3. The Nets now have solid depth behind Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce in Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko and Anderson. And that depth will allow first-year coach Jason Kidd to manage Johnson's and Pierce's minutes throughout the regular season so they can be fresh for the playoffs.
4. Anderson is the definition of a journeyman. He starred at Michigan State, but went undrafted and signed with the Charlotte Bobcats, where he spent parts of two seasons (2005-07), while also spending some time in the D-League. Anderson then went overseas and played in Italy, Russia, Israel before returning to the D-League and then back to Spain. He signed a 10-day contract with the Raptors on March 26, 2012 and played 17 games for Toronto. He re-signed with the Raptors on July 30, 2012 and put together a nice year.
5. The Nets gave Anderson a tryout against Gerald Green in 2011 before picking Green. Both players have since made-out quite well. Green signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Indiana Pacers last season before falling out of the rotation.
6. Once his deal becomes official, Anderson will become the 15th Net under contract. His signing with cost Brooklyn somewhere in the neighborhood of $4 million in additional luxury taxes.