New Orleans Pelicans fans have been waiting all afternoon for the next shoe to drop to make the Omer Asik trade work with plenty of discussion about who may be on the move. One of the names being mentioned has been Ryan Anderson, but according to a report from ESPNLA.com Anderson is not actually available.
The Los Angeles Clippers have inquired about trading for Ryan Anderson but the New Orleans Pelicans aren’t making Anderson available, according to sources close to the process.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Pelicans, after agreeing to a deal in principle to trade for Houston Rockets center Omer Asik, want to bring Asik in to form a three-man frontcourt rotation in New Orleans with Anderson and face of the franchise Anthony Davis.
The news is a bit surprising as out of the players who have to be moved to make the Asik trade work (Anderson, Austin Rivers, Tyreke Evans, Eric Gordon, Anthony Davis or Jrue Holiday), Anderson seemed to be the one player that was going to be possibly moved for an actual asset. The team almost certainly won’t be trading Holiday or Evans and 100 percent certainly not be trading Davis so Anderson seemed to be the way for the team to clear salary and perhaps bring back a first round pick.
That seems to leave Rivers as the player on his way
out-of-town but according to the same report the place he goes may not be to the Clippers.
Another interesting dynamic between these teams is that there is some sentiment within the Clippers’ organization to pursue Doc Rivers‘ son Austin. In his second NBA season,Austin Rivers averaged 7.7 points for the Pelicans in 2013-14.
Rivers, however, told ESPN last season that he would not be comfortable coaching his son.
Obviously things can change but I would not expect Austin to join his father in LA at this time, though I do expect to see him end up somewhere tonight.
Obviously the situation with Anderson remains very fluid but as of now it seems that next season will have some interesting front court options at all times.
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