Buck Harvey: James Anderson’s agent requested a trade

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This is not what you’d expect in the midst of an 11 game winning streak. According to Buck Harvey of the San Antonio Express-News, James Anderson’s agent told the Spurs front office this month that he’d like his client to be traded.

This is not a great development. The Spurs have built a deep perimeter rotation this season, thanks in part to the injuries to Manu Ginobili and the development of Danny Green. Unfortunately for Anderson, that improvement from Green has meant he’s the odd man out. So much so, in fact, that the Spurs declined to exercise their team option on James Anderson’s rookie contract.

Traditionally, the Spurs will comply with player requests to be traded or released. If you don’t want to be with the Spurs, they don’t want you to stick around. It’s perhaps one reason why the Spurs usually have very good team chemistry. Yet the Spurs still have a responsibility to try and bring back a fair package in return for Anderson. If they don’t find one that suits their needs, they should hang on to Anderson for the rest of the season.

James Anderson has a future in the NBA, unfortunately for Spurs fans it’s looking less and less likely that future is in San Antonio.

H/T to Devin Kharpertian and SpursTalk.

  • Swannaldinho21

    What do you guys thinks…. http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=7lyqmno

  • Hobson13

    LOL!  According to the Urban Dictionary, everything is about sex, drugs, or drink!

  • Ladylala

    Still talking basketball, so no that doesn’t work for me BABY how about James Anderson and his girlfriend which was the topic from jump!!!!!!

  • DorieStreet

    Don’t want to give up a frontcourt player to get a frontcourt player.

  • DorieStreet

    Don’t want to give up a frontcourt player to get a frontcourt player.

  • grego

    Spurs are also looking at one of their older draft picks, Viktor Sanikidze. 

  • grego

    And George Hill (although he is injured right now)

  • grego

    Well, there are a lot of differences for Splitter. He was injured too, but he was well established overseas. For Anderson, he was in college, but never played at a pro level. That’s not to say that JA will someday be super solid, but Splitter is a known quantity. 

  • grego

    Dragic was drafted for Phoenix though, just like Barbosa. 

  • grego

    Indy is likely going to retain him. 

  • http://twitter.com/faplexo Alexo505

     http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=76l8jfg

    Boom problem solved. And there’s rumor of Ilyasova being shopped around.

  • Tim in Surrey

    I didn’t say, “who?” I said he wasn’t very good. He still isn’t. He’s an alright rebounder for a big, he’s not a good offensive player and he most certainly cannot block shots with the best of them. Are you kidding me? Kosta Koufos? He’s a barely adequate fifth big, so he might be a mild upgrade over Eric Dawson. But he’s not worth giving anything up for.

  • Tim in Surrey

    In yesterday’s chat by David Thorpe on ESPN, there was the following exchange:

    I’m with Thorpe. He’s talented (too talented for us to be able to get in exchange for Blair and Anderson) but so much of a head case that I don’t know if I’d want him as a free  agent for the veteran minimum. How Flip Saunders handled McGee, Dray Blatche, and Gilbert Arenas at the same time without losing his mind is beyond me…

  • Tim in Surrey

    Sorry, my paste didn’t show up for some reason. Once again with the actual quote:

    Will (Washington D.C.)Any players of the top of your head that the spurs/popovitch WOULDN’T be able to do wonders with?David Thorpe  (12:46 PM)JaVale would be a challenge.

  • Tim in Surrey

    Are you really the ghost of jh? Because if you were, I’d have thought that seeing “L. Amundson” would’ve prompted a long, enthusiastic endorsement.

  • Tim in Surrey

    Possibly. You have to remember, though, that Pop and RC have a lot more information on their players than we do. We don’t see James every day in practice, we don’t talk to him away from reporters, we don’t get reports from the trainers on his injuries and his rehab, etc. I’m as disappointed as anyone that this didn’t work out, but I doubt that it was done carelessly.

  • Senorglory

    nothing fazes Neal, and he will shoot it.  god bless him.  

  • STIJL

     Agree.  Stubborn at times may be Pop but careless…I don’t think so.

  • STIJL

     Agree.  Stubborn at times may be Pop but careless…I don’t think so.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Grant-Gehring/1720047543 Grant Gehring

    Agreed

  • Justin-ray

    anderson played all those minutes last night and didnt do sh*t… yeah hes a beast!! lmao.

  • Titletown99030507d

    And they’re the defensive juggernaut of the league? Slow has lots to do with that. DeColo isn’t known for his defense at all. He’s just a good passer but we all know Pop takes a good hard look at players with defensive upside first. 

  • Titletown99030507d

    He’s a lanky small forward with good shooting ability but cannot box out anybody if they decide to put him on some NBA bigs being he’s 6’8″.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Not even for Anderson who clanked the rim all night long against the Blazers? Yes he can block shots and yes he’s better offensive player than Blair even.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUZZJy3JFmE 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOAICdaqVB8 

  • Titletown99030507d

    In Pop we trust. Don’t think the old man can handle him?

  • Titletown99030507d

    Pop has had a pretty good record with so called headcases. I would give it a try. Sometimes a change of scenery and winning can change your attitude real quick.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Do you think they’d be shopping Splitter if he was injured at the beginning of this season again and missed half the season? Probably. Experience or no experience. I’m glad he wasn’t and proved himself just in time. 

  • Titletown99030507d

    I don’t think it’s his attitude It’s probably more his future in regards to that foot and this request is just making a lot easier for the FO to part ways. If that foot doesn’t get hurt we would be looking at his impressive box score right now. That’s life.

  • Titletown99030507d

    I’ve seen careless from this man before….last season with Splitter. No if ands or butts Splitter had plenty of time to get  the burn he needed last season when he was healthy sitting on the bench wondering why the hell did I come hear. And you’ll say they didn’t want to mess with the chemistry…Right! What good  did that do at the end of the season? I don’t buy what your selling.

  • Titletown99030507d

    correction – why the hell did I come “here”. To early for me to type.

  • Titletown99030507d

    And who did we get?

  • Titletown99030507d

    The same thing he did with Splitter last season. “Don’t fix what ain’t broken” mentality just like last season with you know who. Sure don’t give him starter minutes but play the damn guy shit! It’s too late now. 

  • Titletown99030507d

    Exactly. Maybe they practiced by text messaging.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Notice how Pop resorts to 10 day contracts that amount to nothing most of the time instead of pulling the trigger on a known commodity. Pop needs to shake it up. (By the way I realize Danny Green was a 10 day to start so that’s why I said most of the time.)

  • Bankshot21

    Lmao at Whataburgers. Nice.

  • theghostofjh

    Well, the ghost would endorse the deal (particularly if we’re under the assumption that we’re not going to get Anderson into the regular rotation any time soon, and Anderson is dead set on leaving). But the point was, would Indiana do the deal?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Craig-Thomas/1541940034 Craig Thomas

    They’ve had practices this season. After Manu went down, it was basically an open tryout to fill the position. Anderson played poorly which opened the door for Green. I don’t understand why it’s Pop’s fault that Anderson didn’t play well when given the chance?

  • JustinFL

    I agree with what you’re saying, but part of me thinks they won’t amnesty RJ next year.  If I were the owner would I want to pay all that money for a player not to play on my team?  Tough decision.  Hopefully they can put together a trade, but that will have to be during the offseason.   

  • Sam

    YES PLEASE, Taj Gibson would also work if Chicago was willing to give him up.

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  • Sam

    Interesting, but why would the Bucks want RJ back?

  • theghostofjh

     No way.

  • theghostofjh

     Gibson’s not going anywhere.

  • theghostofjh

    Who you going to get better than Blair for $900,000?

  • Senorglory

    bullshit article.  

  • http://twitter.com/ejwestksu Eric Westerman

    True, but you can get away with that more if they’re looking at him more as a 2 than a Point.  Especially if he’s flanked on the wing by Kawhi.  Manu’s extremely quick, but he’s always been more of an opportunistic defender as opposed to a good one.

  • http://twitter.com/ejwestksu Eric Westerman

    What’s that based on?  He seems geared for next year – or not at all.

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