Anderson will not have his four-year, $37 million offer sheet matched by the Spurs and become a member of the Grizzlies, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. It's a somewhat surprising move for the Spurs given how Anderson has been a key contributor for them over the past four years and that the salary is relatively cheap, but nevertheless, Anderson will now officially become a member of the Grizzlies. With that, Anderson is in a great position to be Memphis' starting small forward to open up the season, which will likely send second-year player Dillon Brooks to a role off the bench. Anderson's diverse skill set should also help the team fill a void left by the departure of Tyreke Evans, who served as a primary ball-handler on occasion last season. Expect Anderson's usage to be much higher overall as he joins a less talented Grizzlies team that is in need of plenty of help on the wing.
Anderson agreed to a four-year, $37.2 million offer sheet with Memphis on Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The Spurs will have 48 hours to match the offer. Anderson saw an increase in minutes during the 2017 season, producing 7.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game on an average of 26.7 minutes.
Anderson received a $4.7 million qualifying offer from the Spurs, making him a restricted free agent, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports. With Kawhi Leonard (quad) missing all but nine games this past season, Anderson was thrust into an extended role for the first time in his four-year career. He averaged 26.7 minutes per contest, nearly double the 14.2 he finished with a year prior, and added 7.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 steals across 74 games. While he certainly wasn't the Spurs' go-to threat offensively, he did provide the all-around production and energy that coach Gregg Popovich likes and the two sides are expected to ultimately come to an agreement on some sort of extension. Even if Anderson does sign an offer sheet from another team, the Spurs will be able to match the offer if they feel it's reasonable.
Anderson contributed six points (3-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists and one steal across 17 minutes during San Antonio's 110-97 loss to the Warriors in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series. Anderson came off the bench for the second consecutive game and produced his best stat line of the series. The fourth-year forward had scored a single point over 21 minutes in the first two contests against the Warriors, so Thursday's production represented a breakout effort in comparison. Given his relatively limited minutes and modest numbers thus far, Anderson's DFS prospects aren't very bright heading into Sunday's Game 4.
Anderson will come off the bench for Game 2 against the Warriors on Monday, Anthony Slater of The Athletic Bay Area reports. Rudy Gay is drawing the start for the Spurs, bumping Anderson to the bench. Anderson struggled in Game 1, going scoreless in just 11 minutes of action while Gay saw 22 minutes and led the Spurs with 15 points.
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