Because he signed a one-year contract with early or full Bird rights attached to it, Anderson has the right to veto any trade he’s in. But given Brooklyn’s dire situation, it’s not unthinkable to imagine he’d be all for a one-way ticket to New Orleans. Anderson’s posting career-low numbers across the board (he’s almost making less than 30 percent of his threes), but a change of scenery could really help things out. He’s versatile, can play both wing positions, and brings it as an on-ball defender.
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Nobody’s ever choked on their drink upon hearing Kyle Singler has joined their favorite team. This is partly because Singler has only played for one NBA team, and partly because he’s a boring pawn. But stuck in the depressing Detroit Pistons muck, Singler is quietly shooting the heck out of the ball, making 40.6% of his threes on 4.9 attempts per 36 minutes. That’s pretty much all he does—over half his field goal attempts are deep jump shots (he has 20 assists and 52 rebounds in just over 500 minutes of action this season)—which isn’t super great. Still, on paper Singler’s presence could semi-stabilize a rotation that needs competent production on the wing. A respectable outside shot could go a long way in opening up the floor for Davis, Jrue Holiday, and other Pelican scorers to operate.
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Jared Dudley was once one of the NBA’s most underrated glue guys, then his one-season stint with the Los Angeles Clippers derailed that deserved reputation. Now he’s on the Milwaukee Bucks, fiddling on the border of Jason Kidd’s rotation but making threes when called upon to do so (40 percent). Trading for Dudley is a risk. He has a $4.25 million player option in 2015-16 that isn’t going anywhere. But he also has size, experience, and can shoot. At 29 years old, he’s far from washed up.
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A career 36.3 percent shooter from behind the three-point line, Dorell Wright has been replaced in Portland’s rotation by Allen Crabbe. But at only 29 years old, he has small forward size, and is only a few years removed from leading the league in made threes. Wright is also on an expiring contract, putting almost no risk at all on trading for him. What do the Pelicans have to offer? Austin Rivers isn’t a pearl, but the Trail Blazers would be able to shave about $710K off this year’s books by exchanging him for Wright. Rivers won’t crack a dent in Portland’s backcourt (C.J. McCollum, Steve Blake, Wes Matthews and, of course, Damian Lillard seem to have things locked down), but the financial difference could be enough to get something done.
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Andre Iguodala is due just over $35 million over the next three years, but isn’t even averaging 7.0 points per game, and his PER is below 10. He’s 31 years old, coming off the bench in a fuzzy role. New Orleans shouldn’t have interest in him, but they badly want to make the playoffs, and with Iguodala as their starting small forward it’s possible. He’s still great as an on and off-ball defender, helping solidify New Orleans as one of the scariest defensive units in the league. Problem time: the Pelicans do not have much to offer. Dangling Ryan Anderson is one option, and the money works in a straight up swap. But New Orleans isn’t taking on a longer contract to acquire a worse player. The Warriors can’t trade any draft picks, but if these two can find a third team willing to get involved, they may be onto something.
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Green is far and away the best pseudo-available wing who’d fit like a glove beside Davis and Omer Asik. Unfortunately, much like Iguodala, any attempt to pry him away from the Boston Celtics will be tricky. Boston isn’t going anywhere this season, but they still tend to put generous asking prices on their talent, and beyond Ryan Anderson and Asik, there’s really nothing the Celtics would want. Three team trades are still a possibility, though. As is New Orleans’ willingness to surrender a future first-round pick.