The New Orleans Hornets and Orlando Magic reached agreement on a sign-and-trade deal that will send Magic forward Ryan Anderson to New Orleans, multiple media outlets reported Sunday.
In exchange for Anderson, the Magic will get Hornets center Gustavo Ayon. Meanwhile, the Hornets get Anderson, a good outside shooter and rebounder who will join incoming rookie Anthony Davis in the frontcourt.
The deal cannot be made official until July 11.
Anderson is a restricted free agent, and the Hornets were attempting to negotiate a deal with him.
When the Magic decided it did not want to match an offer to Anderson, it turned to negotiating a trade in which it would sign Anderson for the agreed-to amount, and trade him.
Anderson, 24, will sign a four-year deal worth between $34 million and $36 million, according to NBA.com.
He started 61 games for Orlando last season, averaging 16.1 points and 7.7 rebounds. He also shot 39.3 percent from 3-point range despite being a 6-10 forward.
Ayon played his first NBA season with New Orleans this past season after playing professionally in Spain. He averaged 5.9 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Hornets.
The Magic opened strong, winning 10 of their first 13 games. In that stretch, they won five consecutive, including four during an early West Coast swing. Dwight Howard was dominating around the basket and Ryan Anderson was responding well to his first season as a full-time starter.
Although the Magic played through Howard's early trade request, they were wildly inconsistent in the middle of the season. Then late in the season, Van Gundy told everyone that Howard had gone to management and asked for him to be fired. It wasn't long afterward that Howard sustained the ruptured disk in his back, which ended any hopes the Magic had.
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