He is currently the leading score of New Orleans, which may make him unavailable, but there are a few things working in our favor:
1) The Hornets have a shot at being in line for the #1 pick again. With a new owner, you can tell they want as many high draft picks as possible. Dealing Anderson will certainly improve those odds.
2) They want to develop Anthony Davis as a superstar, and that's not going to happen with someone like Anderson there.
3) His contract is beneficial to New Orleans for a quality big man at about 8.5 mil per year for 4 years, but if they move it it will open the door for the team to go after another big time free agent to play alongside Davis if he develops and they are forced to sign the Kentucky star to a max deal in a few years.
The likelihood of pulling off this deal is unlikely, but I think the few assets we do have are appealing:
- Blatche is on a minimum deal, and will likely sign for very low next year because he is already getting paid by Washington. Blatche can replicate most of the scoring, and maybe even more rebounds, that Anderson brought if he got steady minutes, and would come at a fraction of the cost.
- 2 years 24 million, for improved rebounding may be appealing to them depending on what contracts we would take in return and second round picks we could provide.
- Gordon and Vasquez are solid guards for the team, but Brooks would give them a third scoring guard, something the team desperately needs.
- New Orleans might be a good situation for Bogdanovic as he would have a chance to be the starting small forward if he played well in training camp, or one of the key reserves for the team. Depending on how highly they think of them it could be a strong asset.