Buck Harvey: James Anderson’s agent requested a trade
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.