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Nets re-sign Alan Anderson to a 2-year, veterans minimum deal


The Nets have re-signed veteran guard Alan Anderson to a two-year deal, worth $2.6 million, his agency announces.

Tim Bontemps of the New York Post reported that Anderson's second year is a player option.

The Nets made it official on Tuesday afternoon, with Billy King saying of Anderson, the 6'7" swingman, "Alan's versatility was a big part of our success last season. We look forward to Alan's continued leadership on and off the court this season."

The contract appears to be a Non-Bird Exception, a 20 percent increase atop this year's vets minimum. The two-year total is $2.6 million, according to reports.

Anderson has been reportedly working out at the PNY Center the past several weeks after declining his player option with the Nets. After losing Paul Pierce and trading away Marcus Thornton, the Nets can use Anderson as a 3-and-D player. Anderson was typically the Nets go-to reserve throughout his first season in Brooklyn. The former Raptor averaged nearly 23 minutes per game while scoring seven points per game and shooting 34% from beyond the arc.

Anderson was inserted into the starting lineup of Game 6 of the Nets' playoff series with the Raptors, where he helped propel the Nets to two straight victories, including their thrilling Game 7 win on the road. Anderson's defense will sit well with new coach Lionel Hollins, and his ability to spread the floor can complement the likes of Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson well, who like to operate with a lot of room on the floor.

Even though the Nets have made several transactions this offseason, the return of Anderson gives the Nets 10 returning players from last season, their most since 2003-04, when they returned 11 from the Eastern Conference champs.  For the record, that's Anderson, Kevin Garnett, Jorge Gutierrez,  Joe Johnson, Andrei Kirilenko, Brook Lopez, Mason Plumlee, Marquis Teague, Mirza Teletovic, and Deron Williams.

With rookies Bojan Bogdanovic and Markel Brown also expected. to sign soon, and Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev having arrived by trade, the Nets already have 14 players under contract, all but Gutierrez guaranteed.  The Nets combined salary and luxury tax for this season projects to about $126 million, or roughly $67 million less than last season.