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.

  • Titletown99030507d

    On second thoughts if they were to trade him yeah Blair and JA for somebody like JaVale McGee. “Let the Trade Machine start a turning”.

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  • Hobson13

    Hey, if Kahn will go for a straight up Anderson for AR trade then I’m cool with that.  I think we would have to throw in George Hill’s $854K trade exception, which means that this trade could be done.

  • Titletown99030507d

    The same thing almost happened to Splitter. Lucky for us he  was patient and came through this season. On Anderson’s defense they needed Splitter to play more than they needed a shooting guard to play.

  • Titletown99030507d

    That is good draft pick that they are letting go. This is going to come back and haunt us even more so than Drajic.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Pop is a foolish impatient man not Anderson. All Pop needed to do is give him a little more playing time to get out his shooting slump. He was active on defense to me  and hustled when he was put on the court.

  • DorieStreet

    @ The_kamikaze_caesar:

    Ladylala must be under 30.  :0

  • http://twitter.com/nudityJ nudityjfandango

    Yoko Anderson is a hat tip toward Yoko Ono the wife of John Lennon who encouraged the break up of the beatles and pushed John to go out on his own musically.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Can they still offer him a contract at the end of the season? Although with the request already in place this is going to AWKWWARD!

  • Titletown99030507d

    You would lose some confidence too if the coach hibernated you at the end of the bench. Look what it did to Blair last season when Dyess was moved ahead of him. It took Blair almost half a season to get his mind back and playing decent again.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Not only does the agent get a cut but in James mind it gives him a chance to audition for work as well.

  • http://twitter.com/nudityJ nudityjfandango

    The most interesting part will be Andersons Response.  

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s a super generic patter something along these lines.

    “I just want to go out there and play hard, and focus on helping the team win.  I have to be ready to play when my opportunity comes.  It’s a business and I can’t control those kind of things (trades) so i’ll just focus on being ready to go when Pop calls my number….”

    Take it to the bank…

  • Titletown99030507d

    And his broken ankle. No thanks he’s a ballhog.

  • Titletown99030507d

    They better not keep RJ next season. And that’s one less G/F and Manu getting older by the minute …they should have kept him.

  • Titletown99030507d

    When’s the album coming out?

  • Titletown99030507d

    Well I guess you explained it all to me now.

  • DorieStreet

    @ Tyler–

    Thanks for the reference- I saved it as a favorite – looks for me to be an annual read at the beginning/end of every Spurs season for a the next few years.

  • Titletown99030507d

    I thought I was going to see Anderson, KL, Parker , Splitter and Richards in a couple of years. Man how things change.

  • DorieStreet

    Interesting subplot for the season/team now. Trade deadline is over 3 weeks away. How does this circumstance play out?  Anderson gets more court time by default due to Manu’s injury— he blends and helps keep the Spurs from plateuing? Does he get in a groove and gets a few ‘highlight’ games? Or does his play continues to be lackluster or uneven? Is Anderson’s time as Spur up – or the last half of the season can change what the present situation is, contract-wise?

  • Len

    I come back and see all the fuss one innocent lil comment made.

    I feel so proud :)

  • Hobson13

    I really can’t see the Spurs keeping RJ under any reasonable scenarios next season.  He’s just not performed that great this year and we would be much better off with $10mil off the salary cap.  Many though he would have been cut this last summer, but I guess the FO wanted to make sure we had another SF in position to take his place before we cut ties.  The Leonard/Green combo should more than make up for RJ next season.

  • Len

    We all should know that Pop and RC like guys that “have gotten over themselves”.  Hard times build character and maybe if AR knows that this is his last shot to make a real career in the NBA, he will be coach able.  

    I don’t know the young man and neither do you.  I know that I didn’t have my head screwed on entirely straight as a 19-22 yr old and I turned out ok.  The point is, we don’t know if he’s the kind of young man that Pop might see something in.  We do know that he has the physical tools to help the Spurs.  Pop and RC should take a close look at him sitting on the scrap heap and see if they like what they see.

  • DorieStreet

    Looked up ‘plateauing’ to see if it is a word–has  meanings when referring to sex and in drug use (“Urban Dictonary”)    – lol

  • DorieStreet

    The Spurs soap opera, season two: start off 0-5 and 2-8 on the road- 12-9 and 8th in conference. Reel off 11 straight wins and undeated in February, only 1 loss at home, 2 games behind lead for conference.
    Then….best player out 2 weeks after missing nearly all of the season so far; best frontcourt player off the bench also out 2 weeks just before all-star break; now former 1st round pick and promising sub request trade after injury-plagued first season and riding the pine for much of his second year.

    Stayed tuned, folks……

  • http://twitter.com/nudityJ nudityjfandango

    Pretty much everyone slated Steph Curry as a slow non athlete coming into the draft, who would have trouble getting his shot off.
    I’m not a huge believer in pundits and the magic of slow.  If you have good handles and a nice change of pace that’ll see you through oft times as not.
    I think we tend to fall in love with athletic grading of prospects simply because theres not much else to look at.

  • http://twitter.com/nudityJ nudityjfandango

    High volume low efficiency gunner who doesn’t play D.  Beasley is exactly the kind of guy we don’t want.

  • http://twitter.com/nudityJ nudityjfandango

    If Andersons not going to get minutes moving forward I’d prefer a draft pick for next season, but failing that Randolf could be worth a flyer i guess.  

  • Hobson13

    I agree 100%.  The young guy has probably made some mistakes, but perhaps someone with his potential should be given another chance on a veteran, professional team.  Like you said, neither of us completely understand the situation like the FO would, but surely he is at least worth a look.

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

    Blair also decided that his starting job was so great he’d eat Whataburger to his heart’s content. Pop should not have to re-arrange the team to suit one person’s needs especially if we are on an 11 game winning streak when he decides to call Pop out. It’s not Pop’s fault Anderson was injured all of last season, or that Danny Green out played him. If he thought he deserved more time, than show up, play hard, and out work Green and Leonard in practice. Obviously Anderson decided not to do that and instead bide his time complaining on the bench.

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

    The article can be summarized as “Spurs are winning but aging. Actually, they aren’t really winning anything. Please stop winning so ESPN doesn’t have to talk about you.” As long as the Spurs keep playing consistent defense and don’t rely on the 3-ball, we can beat any team. I’m hoping trading JA will get us some depth and height on the inside and then the Spurs should be set.

  • Hobson13

    I wouldn’t mind a pick either, but I doubt we’d get any sort of 1st round pick.  IMO, we’d be looking at a high 2nd round pick at best for Anderson.  However, his trade value could go up quite a bit if Pop actually played him more.  Maybe this should be a strategy the Spurs should explore in the short term.

  • TD BestEVER

     Im kinda happy for James……. And for the Spurs, I think that this will FORCE us into making a move.  And hopefully addressing a major need.

  • Ladylala

    Last time I checked we were talking basketball….

  • Ladylala

    We’re discussing basketball…. I could really care less about the Beatles…. I guess your old and washed up????? EXACTLY!!!!

  • TDzilla!

    GOL! 

  • DorieStreet

    Don’t get your panties in a bunch sis–

    A similar situation that is revelent to you would be this past Super Bowl–Tom Brady’s girlfriend Giselle Bunsen criticizing his wide receivers for their drops in the game.
    Does that work for you baby?

  • DorieStreet

    Excuse my typo  –  “…relevant to you…”

  • DorieStreet

    Different era, different career, but the same theme–a girlfriend/wife/significant other interfering with a guy’s profession/career in public instead of letting him handle it on his own. As I said on an another response— Tom Brady and his girlfriend.
    Or-if you want to keep it about basketball, read up on ex-NBAer Doug Christie and his wife’s actions while he was in the league.

  • Bry

    Meh, no need to scapegoat the girlfriend. If you decide to have your agent ask for a trade when your team is in the midst of the longest winning streak in the league, the starting 2-guard and back-up PG remain injured, and free agency is coming in a few months, then you have to be held accountable for that decision. The guy’s had ample opportunity to prove himself. And he had equal opportunity to simply be a professional and play out his contract. Instead he pulls this. Bad move. There was a good chance that the Spurs offered him a small but reasonable deal this summer anyway. Ginobili is aging, Neal is undersized, and Jefferson’s on the amnesty block. Had he been patient I’m sure they would have had a spot for him.

  • Titletown99030507d

    How can you be happy if he’s going to blow up some where else. Damn I wanted this dude to work out with the Spurs. So much upside.

  • Daniel T

    Practice?  What Practices?

  • Titletown99030507d

    It’s ok to have an attitude like that if your a big but if your an extra guard looking for minutes It’s taboo.

  • theghostofjh

     Don’t count on it.

  • Daniel T

    You can’t throw in a trade exception, unless the new CBA changed the rules.  It can only be used on its own.  That would mean you’d have to throw in someone like DeJuan Blair to come close to matching salaries.

  • theghostofjh

     
    “Hard times build character ….”

    Not always, sometimes they get worse. Either way there’s no question it’s a bit of a gamble. And RC & Pop are generally pretty conservative.

  • theghostofjh

     Agree.

  • DorieStreet

    So I guess we’re left to watch if he is dealt away before the deadline- which is still over 3 weeks away (March 15th).
    Does Anderson get more time with Ginobili out- and contribute? If he plays well during the second half and into the playoffs, do the Spurs and Anderson come to terms and he remains?

  • theghostofjh

    That certainly is possible.

  • theghostofjh

    I agree.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jordan-Lee-Zhen-Hau/611018781 Jordan Lee Zhen Hau

    well said craig.i always feel Anderson is always looking to display his talents when put on the floor rather than sticking to the rotation, hence the lack of playing time.its cool when hes scoring points in bunches, not cool when hes having a off night, imo not a part of pop rotation. hence the lack of playing time.