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In an effort to free space under the salary cap and make room for a star such as LeBron James or Paul George, the Houston Rockets are looking to trade forward Ryan Anderson, according to USA Today.
Moving Anderson won’t easy, of course. He is due to make more than $20 million next season and just more than $21 million in 2019-20.
That money doesn’t match his production in Houston, as Anderson averaged just 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in 66 games this past season. That scoring average was his lowest since 2009-10, his second season in the league.
Per the report, if general manager Daryl Morey is unable to find a taker for Anderson, the Rockets may seek a contract buyout.
“Trading him also would be difficult. Morey will likely have to attach at least one and maybe multiple future first-round picks to incentivize a team to take on Anderson’s deal and might have to take some bad money back,” the report noted. “It remains to be seen whether the Rockets will be able to find a taker, but they’re going to try.”
Anderson, 30, barely got off the bench in the playoffs, scoring just 1.7 points per game.