Anderson agreed to a long-term contract Saturday with Turkish club Darussafaka, international basketball writer David Pick reports.
After a one-year layover in Lithuania, Anderson returned to the NBA to suit up for the Kings in 2015-16, appearing in 51 games and averaging 3.5 points and 1.7 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game. The 27-year-old likely would have struggled to land a guaranteed contract had he decided to pursue opportunities in the NBA this offseason as a free agent, so he opted for some more financial security by heading to Turkey, where he'll be coached by former Cavaliers head man David Blatt. Anderson's decision to head back overseas could spell the end of his NBA playing days.
Playing overseas is nothing new for Anderson, who spent the 2014-15 campaign with Zalgiris Kaunas of Lithuania before returning stateside to play with the
Anderson joins Seth Curry as Kings' players opting out of their deals. After averaging just under 30 minutes per game with the Sixers and seeing 62 starts during the 2013-14 season, Anderson saw his role diminish greatly with the Kings, notching just 14 minutes per game and 15 total starts this past year. Anderson also managed averages of just 3.5 points and 1.7 rebounds, so many figured he'd opt in to his player option. Instead, Anderson will head to free agency in hopes of a better deal, although after his relatively poor showing with the Kings, he may struggle to find many suitors willing to pay his price.
James Anderson scored 13 points (5-12 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-6 FT) to go with five assists, four rebounds, and three steals in 37 minutes during the Sacramento Kings ' 116-81 loss to the Rockets on Wednesday.
Anderson committed six turnovers while the Kings were blown out early on Wednesday. He posted season highs in assists and steals, but averaged only 3.5 points and 1.7 rebounds in 14 minutes during 2015-16. Still, Anderson has a player option for 2016-17, and the 27-year-old journeyman is more than likely to pick that up.
James Anderson started at small forward in Tuesday's 115-107 loss to the Trail Blazers, providing seven points (3-9 FG, 1-5 3Pt), two assists, one rebound, and one block over 36 minutes.
Anderson entered the lineup in place of Rudy Gay, who was one of three Sacramento Kings players who sat out due to rest. Those absences opened up some additional court time for Anderson in his return to the top unit, but he was little more than a fourth or fifth option offensively throughout the contest, which resulted in a modest statistical output. Gay figures to be back in action Wednesday against the Timberwolves, which would likely result in Anderson moving back to the bench and seeing his minutes cut in half.
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