There hasn't been a long running thought of Ryan Anderson being a perfect for the Houston Rockets as a stretch four. That idea is no longer a thought but a reality as Adrian Wojnarowski and the Vertical are reporting that Anderson will join the Rockets on a four-year, $80 million dollar contract.
Free agent Ryan Anderson plans to sign a four-year, $80M deal with the Houston Rockets, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 2, 2016
Anderson, 28, is eight year veteran out of the University of California, Berkeley. He averaged 17.0 points, 36.6 three-point percentage, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 66 games last season with the New Orleans Pelicans. Anderson averaged 13.1 points, 37.7 three-point percentage and 5.6 rebounds per game in his career (484 games).
Injuries have been a question for Anderson he has averaged 64 games over his past two seasons with the Pelicans. He played just 22 games in the 2013-14 season after neck surgery.
Anderson is the classic stretch-four player that will fit well into new head coach Mike D'Antoni's system. Anderson will be improvement over Trevor Ariza and Patrick Beverley for the corner three-point shot. Anderson won't be a net positive on the defensive end, but he's he'll pick up a rebound when ended.
The Rockets have added another offensive weapon for the seven seconds or less offense. James Harden has target for his skip passes across the court.
The question now become where do the Rockets go next? AL Horford is still target No.1. A starting lineup of Beverly, Harden, Anderson, Horford, and Capela looks like a lot of fun to watch. At the moment, Woj is reporting that Boston and Washington are the frontrunners for Horford's services. I don't think a signing of Ryan Anderson sways Horford to change his mind but it can't hurt.