Thursday's trade was a three-team deal between the Hawks, Thunder and 76ers. In addition to Anderson, Carmelo Anthony was dealt to Atlanta, though he's expected to be waived. Mike Muscala also went to the 76ers, while Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot was shipped to the Thunder. In Anderson's case specifically, he joins a much less talented roster, but will still have plenty of bodies to fight with for minutes on the wing. The Hawks bring back both Kent Bazemore and Taurean Prince, while they also drafted Kevin Huerter, so Anderson will likely push for a complementary bench role. Anderson hasn't averaged more than minutes in the teens throughout his three-year NBA career and that's unlikely to change despite the change of scenery.
Anderson has undergone surgery on his left leg to alleviate recurring tibial stress syndrome and will be re-evaluated in two weeks and again in another 6-to-8 weeks, Derek Bodner of The Athletic Philadelphia reports. An update on his status is expected to surface in approximately eight weeks.
Anderson logged some valuable minutes off the bench for the 76ers in 2017-18, averaging 6.2 points and 2.4 rebounds for the club while averaging 13.7 minutes per contest. Considering he underwent the procedure early in the offseason, Anderson will have a lot of time to rehab before training camp. However, a better grasp of his timetable should be revealed when the team provides another update in six weeks.
Anderson tallied 25 points (9-17 FG, 5-12 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 130-95 win over the Bucks.
Anderson finished with a season high scoring total, more than doubling his previous best (12 points four different times) in 2017-18. While his role has been sporadic this season, Anderson delivered a quality performance in this one that might convince 76ers coach Brett Brown to keep him in his playoff rotation.
Anderson scored two points (1-1 FG) in four minutes during Wednesday's 115-108 win over the Pistons.
Anderson saw three minutes in his first game back from a three-game absence with an ankle ailment, followed by 14 minutes of action in Tuesday's blowout win over the Nets. While Anderson averaged 18.2 minutes per night during the four-game stretch prior to his recent injury, his role remains very inconsistent.
Anderson (ankle) isn't listed on the injury report for Sunday's game against the Hornets, Stephanie Ready of Fox Sports Southeast reports.
Anderson has missed the last three games with a sore ankle, but appears to have made enough progress in his recovery to be cleared ahead of Sunday's contest. Look for him to be available off the bench as usual, though with Dario Saric (elbow) sitting out, there could be a few extra minutes available on the wing if Robert Covington ends up being forced to play some power forward. That said, Anderson still isn't someone to target for fantasy purposes.
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