The Memphis Grizzlies and former San Antonio Spurs forward Kyle Anderson have agreed to a 4-year, $37.2 Million offer sheet, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
As a restricted free agent, Anderson can return to the San Antonio Spurs if they match the offer sheet within 48 hours. The offer sheet also included a trade kicker which gives Kyle Anderson a 15% raise in salary and cap hit if he were to be traded during his contract.
Kyle Anderson, 24 years old, is headed into his fifth season in the NBA and has spent his entire career with the Spurs since being drafted in 2014 at #30 overall by the organization. His role on the team and minutes have increased year-over-year, including a career-high 67 games started in the wake of Kawhi Leonard’s injury and dramatic absence from the team.
Deal includes a 15 percent trade kicker, source tells ESPN. Spurs have 48 hours to match. https://t.co/0kzEIPiMvf— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 7, 2018
Nicknamed “Slo-Mo”, Anderson has never been an incredible athlete, but he possess a high basketball IQ, is a very good defender, and a terrific ball-handler and distributor for his size. Last year, Kyle Anderson averaged 7.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.7 apg, and 1.6 spg in 26.7 minutes a night. Although Memphis has needed three-point shooting for the past 8 years, Slo-Mo does not fill that role. He has never averaged more than one three-point attempt a game in any of his four seasons and shoots 34% when he actually does make those attempts.
While San Antonio can still match the offer sheet and bring back Anderson, the Grizzlies and their fans should be optimistic about him wearing blue and gold next year. Memphis used their mid-level exception to the fullest degree and included a trade kicker as a deterrent for San Antonio to match.
The Brooklyn Nets have used this tactic in recent years with Tyler Johnson and Otto Porter Jr. Tyler Johnson’s contract was matched by the Miami Heat and they almost instantly regretted it. Otto Porter Jr.’s contract was matched by the Washington Wizards and he might be their third-best player. This could go down two roads.
We will find out soon enough if Anderson will officially be a Grizzly. Memphis had intended to use their full MLE on retaining Tyreke Evans after not being able to get any return in a trade by the deadline back in February. As Evans left for the Indiana Pacers, Memphis has decided to splurge on a young, smart basketball player. For Anderson, he became one of the few restricted free agents in recent years to be offered more than just the qualifying offer and accept guaranteed money in a long-term deal.
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