Spurs won’t match Kyle Anderson’s offer sheet from Grizzlies
Recently, the San Antonio Spurs’ small forward Kyle Anderson, a restricted free agent, signed an offer sheet with the Memphis Grizzlies. This was after a four-year tenure with the Spurs after being drafted 30th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.
The Spurs had 48 hours to match the offer and retain the cerebral forward, but in a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Spurs won’t be doing so.
Spurs are declining to match Kyle Anderson’s four-year, $37M offer sheet with Memphis, league sources tell ESPN. Anderson will likely become Grizzlies starting small forward.
The Grizzlies, a team that has the likes of veterans Marc Gasol and Mike Conley Jr., a sophomore in Dillon Brooks, along with a young rookie in Jaren Jackson Jr, are equipped to turn around their fortunes in 2018-19. Memphis’ potential starting lineup could feature Conley, Brooks, the newly-acquired Anderson, Jackson, and Gasol.
Memphis fell to one of its worst seasons last year after missing the services of their money man in Conley for almost the entire season due to an injury. This led to Gasol being benched on numerous occasions with the team, as widely perceived, was tanking.
This time, though, they have the tools necessary to make a resurgence in the Western Conference that had just become even tougher. Anderson brings in playoff experience and a winning attitude that could rub off on his younger teammates.
For years, San Antonio has been a launchpad of sorts for players and coaches in their careers; having the Spurs pedigree had done wonders for the likes of Mike Budenholzer, Brett Brown, George Hill, and Dewayne Dedmon, among others.
Now, it’s Anderson’s time and the Grizzlies had to invest a serious amount in order to secure his services.