Ryan Anderson’s friends ask what the deal is. His brother-in-law sends along the latest rumors via text. Fans are scrambling to find out if the Pelicans forward is on the move via trade.
One guy who’s not obsessing over Anderson’s status with the Pelicans? Ryan Anderson.
Though a Yahoo Sports report this week named Anderson a potential trade chip for the Phoenix Suns’ Markieff Morris, Anderson said the chatter it’s generated hasn’t had an impact on him.
“Everybody else that looks at that stuff will contact me and kind of (ask) ‘What’s going on?’” Anderson said Wednesday. “For me, that’s happened so many times in my career. It’s something I can just easily put aside and not think about.”
Anderson has been traded before — from Orlando to New Orleans in 2012 — and said he’s been the subject of trade rumors. Trade speculation, he said, is “ a part of the game and it’s going to happen.”
A free agent at the end of this season, Anderson has considerable trade value. He’s averaging 18 points and seven rebounds per game and shooting 37.6 percent from 3-point range.
But Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said for as much buzz as NBA trade speculation generates, “very few things ever happen,” and so he doesn’t concern himself much with trade talk.
General manager Dell Demps handles personnel moves, and Gentry said his plate is full trying to get the current Pelicans (5-16) to play better. For his part, Anderson said he hasn’t talked to Demps for any update on his status.
“For me, I know that this staff and management and everybody wants me to just play the best I can and help the team the best I can,” Anderson said. “I know that I have a great relationship with Dell and great relationship with the coaching staff. It definitely hasn’t gotten to the point where they’re asking me, like, ‘Let’s get a trade going, Ryan’ or ‘We want you gone’ or something like that.”
Two days after Tyreke Evans questioned his offensive role in a home loss to Boston, Gentry said he and Evans will work it out and that Evans’ comments aren’t a concern.
The Pelicans have asked Evans to give up the ball early in the offense to facilitate ball movement, Gentry said Sunday. After a loss to the Celtics Monday, Evans said that “isn’t the way I play” and said he didn’t put pressure on the defense with a pass-first mentality.
Evans is willing to make adjustments, Gentry said.
“And as a coach, you got to also understand where his strengths are,” Gentry said. “It’s a non-issue. It really is. We need him He’s going to be the guy that’s facilitating most of the stuff that we’re doing, so it really is a non-issue.”
Last week, Gentry said he was hoping to stick with a starting lineup of Evans, Eric Gordon, Omer Asik, Alonzo Gee and Anthony Davis for eight to 10 games in the interest of developing consistency.
In the wake of Monday’s loss to Boston, that could be open to change. Gentry said he’s “definitely evaluating” a lineup change after three games.
“I’m a politician again,” Gentry said. “I’m officially flip-flopping.”