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Report: Hornets in talks for sign-and-trade for Ryan Anderson

Jul 8, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT

Ryan Anderson

This is unexpected.

Yahoo Sports reports that restricted free agent Ryan Anderson will not re-sign with the Magic and will be moved in a sign-and-trade. Shortly thereafter, the Orlando Sentinel reported that the Hornets are in talks with the Magic for a sign-and-trade of the stretch four.

The news comes as a shocker with huge implications. It was assumed that Anderson would be re-signed as the face of the future of the Magic, after a year in which he was very much a candidate for Most Improved Player. He shot the lights out in an expanded role and continued his rebounding ways. The Hornets could look to pair him with No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Davis in a small-ball lineup that would spread the floor for Davis to work in the pick and roll and attack the basket.

The Hornets’ biggest problem last year was making shots and Anderson can score, defend, and rebound. He averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds per 36 last season for the Magic, shooting 39 percent from the arc. He’s an all-around player who can’t create on his own but can punish teams with his range and versatility and attacks the glass all the same.

For the Magic, the first words that come to mind are “Dwight Howard.” Any move like this that indicates a rebuilding effort and a reshaping of the roster would lean towards the Magic prepping for a trade. Ken Berger at reports the Nets are trying to package three first-rounders to send to Orlando. That would require a third team wanting to give up a first-rounder to overpay Brook Lopez, but isn’t inconceivable.

UPDATE 4:17 p.m.: Surprisingly, word out of Orlando is that this is not a precursor to a Howard trade. The Anderson deal is a 4-year, $36 million sign-and-trade according to Yahoo Sports. reports Gustavo Ayon is a centerpiece being sent to Orlando, which shows you how much of a cash dump this is, despite Ayon’s upside.

  1. duane888 - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    It’s really curious how Orlando has made no moves this summer, while everyone else is wheeling and dealing. Are the Nets acquiring all the pieces that Orlando wants in return for Howard, meanwhile throwing everybody off thinking it’s draft picks they’ll be sending?! Hmmmm….

  2. mikey1977 - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    The Magic haven’t made moves because they’re limited by terrible contracts…making moves isn’t that simple….”poster above .”

    • gmen4life33 - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      Magic havent made any moves because they are rebuilding. In order to rebuild, you have to be horrible so you can get lottery picks. Signing good players like Anderson and other FAs just makes you mediocre, which is the worst thing you can be in the NBA. Magic are looking to shed contract and get picks (or a franchise player if possible).

      • duane888 - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:28 PM

        Did you not see all the moves Miami made last season??
        Are you not watching the moves the Nets are making so far this off season??

    • duane888 - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:17 PM

      Making moves IS simple, that’s why you guys are sacked with terrible contracts. Making SMART moves is what your management team lacks !!

      Seriously hope you guys do a full house clearing and get some creative thinkers running things.

      I’m a Heat fan that want you guys to have a competitive team. I don’t want to see us blow you guys out by 20 or 30 pts every game next season. That’s boring for everybody to watch.

      • chugs84 - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:01 PM

        Did the house clearing about a month ago, way to keep up on current events.
        Basically sacked everybody except the equipment manager, unfortunately about 2 years too late. Would’ve liked to see them keep Van Gundy though & show Howard the door instead.

  3. magicbucs - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Ryan will make big shots for NO. Watch out for this team within the next couple years!!

    • raidmagic - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      Yep, I will be watching them grow. This should be fun…as a Magic fan you will be missed Ryan.

    • moseskkim - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:31 PM

      Anderson is a good player but with Dwight he was potential all star material. Without him, he was an average pf. In NO, he will not get anywhere the amount of open looks he got. On a side note, it wasn’t a salary dump. They could’ve just let him sign somewhere else. It’s about getting an asset back in ayon. Worlds best Mexican bballer!!!

  4. adzs - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Great pickup by Dell; he’s quickly becoming one of the most prudent GM’s in the league. With him and monty at the helm to guide in this new era the future is looking really exciting for the Hornets, or whatever we’ll be named following rebranding lool

  5. hoodheisman - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    I’m not sure the Magic would have any interest in draft picks from the Nets if Howard were to be traded there simply because those picks would be late 1st round. The Nets would need a 3 way-trade where Orlando is getting picks from the 3rd team being lottery type team…. a scenario that makes even less sense.

    Orlando’s best scenario still seems like Bynum with an expiring contract. Make Bynum the centerpiece of Orlando’s offense next season and use that to convince Bynum to stay…. or use his production to increase his marketability in a sign and trade next summer.

    • borderline1988 - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:06 PM

      Bynum as the centre piece of an offense is not a good thing.

      He will face constant double-teams, and since he’s not a very good passer out of the post, he will become frustrated fairly quickly. And Bynum has focus and temper issues when things aren’t going his way.

      He’s still the best option to exchange for Howard, but he needs complimentary scorers and players with leadership abilities on his team. He cannot carry a team by himself.

    • duane888 - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      Howard says he won’t resign with LA, so why would the Lakers make that trade?!?!

      Is this what Orlando is waiting and hoping for, the Lakers to make a move?!?!

  6. patfic15 - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Trade Gordon elsewhere while you’re at it. Kid doesn’t want to be in NO anyway. What would be a solid trade for Gordon?

    • metalhead65 - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:16 PM

      trade him to the pacers for lance stephenson. look at it this way he never plays but is young with potential,plus unlike gordon he is healthy and since it’s a contract year for him he will likely have a breakouit year. meanwhile pacers take a gamble on the home town kid who if healthy can be the scorer they need to take the pressure off granger. big if for the pacers though as he has not shown the abilty to stay on the court so far.

      • metalhead65 - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:39 AM

        so why would anybody give up more for a guy who while talented can’t stay healthy? go ahead and match the big contract offer he got,just do not come on here and complain about him being overpaid when he gets hurt again next season.

    • pmd5319 - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      You tell the Suns, “Marshall OR Dragic, Gortat, PHX 2013 1st round pick, LAL 2014 1st round pick for Gordon.” If they say no, you look at Gordon and say, “Guess they didn’t want you that bad.”

  7. fanz928 - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Anderson been hitting down 3 after 3’s last season but that’s with everybody doubling Dwight in the post he does without Dwight and not open on every shot. But he is a great rebounder and a good player

  8. ch8878 - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Makes you wonder if the Magic maybe getting Bynum and Gasol since there moving there Power Foward.

    I still don’t think the Nets have anything worth trading Howard for and the Lakers Bynum is leaving LA next year and they have been talking about trading Gasol can’t wait to see how this pans out.

    Also there just trading Howard why should they rebuild ?

    Howard is1 guy that scores an average of 15 points and 15 boards not that hard to replace.

  9. lakerluver - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Duane, Duane, Duane, if the LAKERS trade for Howard he WILL resign with them. I cant see him giving up 25 mill to go to Brooklyn. The LAKERS would own his “Bird” rights. Adding him to a team featuring Kobe, Nash, and Pau is a dynasty for the next 3 years. Then Kobe retires, Nash retires, Pau’s contract ends. The LAKERS would be left with a 29 yr old Howard AND millions of dollars to spend on an elite free agent or two. If the LAKERS don’t sign him it has nothing to with a fear of him not extending. It would be because of a fear of his back not being right.

    • duane888 - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:22 PM

      If it’s that clear cut, why don’t the Lakes pull the trigger?? Aren’t they still offering Bynum??

      I do see what you’re saying though, but Kobe’s light in LA shines too bright for Howard to deal with. He’ll make far more in Brooklyn by being “tha man”.

  10. lakerluver - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    ch8878, do you even follow NBA basketball? Really, dude, if you did you would know there is no way in heck the LAKERS would trade Bynum AND Pau both for Howard. I don’t believe the LAKERS organization has won TEN TITLES since 1979 by being stupid!! Just in case you can’t do the math that averages out to almost 1 trophy every 3 seasons.

    • ch8878 - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:18 PM

      lakerluver, do you even follow NBA basketball?

      If so you would know there is a salary cap now even though the Heat, Nets and others act like there isn’t those teams will be in big trouble very soon ( not this coming season but the next ) have you looked at the Lakers salaries ?

      How you act you must have no clue, they’ll have to move some guys I’m just putting out different options you act like I’m set on the Magic getting Bynum and Gasol when its just a suggestion.

      • duane888 - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:10 PM

        The Heat will be fine in terms of salary cap. They’re not doing anything crazy, just retooling for next year within cap space that’s available.

        Too early to make a call on the Nets, they’re still wheeling & dealing.

  11. saint1997 - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Anderson was such a big candidate for MIP…he won it

  12. magicbucs - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Oh Matt he did win the most improved player last year. Not just a candidate.

  13. philadelphiafan - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    It’s crazy how a team can almost turn themselves around in just one offseason. New Orleans was awful last year and now they can possibly be a top 5 team in the west in the coming years. Should be fun to watch.

    • pglive21 - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      New Orleans will only get the most out of R. Anderson if Anthony Davis develops a low post offensive game. The only reason Anderson was valuable is because Dwight drew double teams all the time and left him wide open to drill 3’s. We saw how useful Anderson can be without a dominant big man in the first round series with the Pacers (read: not very). Ok move by New Orleans but unless Anthony Davis shows some offensive ability pretty quickly, Anderson is not going to make much of an impact. Definitely not “Top 5” in the Western Conference any time soon.

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