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Ryan Anderson has been quietly shopped around the league according to Kelly Iko from ESPN 97.5 Houston. The Rockets have been quiet around the deadline with Morey publicly stating that he will not be disrupting the chemistry built around this team. Morey feels as if this is the best team he has assembled and doesn’t want to make any big roster changes. This does not eliminate the possibility for a trade for some bench depth, but Morey definitely does not want to make a shattering starting roster trade unless it brings in a top-tier talent.
Morey is aiming for Summer of 2018, as LeBron will be his top target. The Rockets need to keep as much salary as they can, as a sign and trade might be the only real way the Rockets will be able to sign LeBron without getting killed by the luxury tax, or even being able to officially sign him with available cap (you can’t go over your cap to sign a free agent, however, due to bird rights, they could easily sign Chris Paul to an extension and it won’t count against the cap). Morey is one of the smartest GM’s in the league, and this is his most likely route going forward. Ryan Anderson is currently averaging 10.2 points and 5.4 rebounds with the team. He has gone through shooting slumps, but recently he has come back the Ryno we love and know. Ryan Anderson is owed $19.57 million this season and getting $20.4 and $21.2 the next two seasons. Not too friendly of a contract, the Rockets may have to absorb it and even buy him out if it comes down to it, but the Rockets are hoping to find a suitor in the off-season for his contract. The Rockets absolutely love Ryan Anderson, but with the money that he is making, it makes it hard to keep the stretch 4 on the roster. In a perfect world, Morey would keep Anderson on the roster as his mere presence creates spacing for Harden and CP3. This alone makes his contract worth the money when you aren’t pursuing another star. Since LeBron is going to Free Agency, the Rockets will try to do anything and everything they can to make sure he is a Rocket by July 1st. If the Rockets do not pull off LeBron, many believe Ryan Anderson will stay as a Rocket.
Keep an eye out on the trade deadline which is tomorrow, Thursday, February 8th. The Rockets might not make a huge splash but might make s good bench depth move such as a guard that understands he may not get the minutes but will be ready to suit up when called on. The Rockets have been a buyout market candidate team, so the trade deadline might not be for the Rockets, but with the madness of the buyout market, we may see the Rockets swoop and grab a few veterans.
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