Kyle Anderson signs offer sheet with Grizzlies
The clock is ticking for the San Antonio Spurs. If they have any plans of retaining Kyle Anderson, they will have two days to match the $37.2 million offer sheet that the forward signed with the Memphis Grizzlies, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
San Antonio Spurs restricted free agent Kyle Anderson has signed a four-year, $37.2 million offer sheet with the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources told ESPN.
In addition, Wojnarowski also reported that the deal Anderson got from Memphis comes with a trade kicker, meaning he stands to receive a bump in salary – in this case, 15 percent – if the Grizzlies decided to ship him into another team.
Deal includes a 15 percent trade kicker, source tells ESPN. Spurs have 48 hours to match.
Anderson was a mild surprise for the Spurs last season. With Kawhi Leonard missing all but nine games of the 2017-18 campaign, Anderson was able to enjoy a dramatic increase in playing time. From seeing 14.2 minutes of action per game in 2016-17, Anderson logged in 26.7 per contest the following season in which he averaged 7.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.6 steals in 74 games, with 67 starts.
Whether Leonard stays or not in San Antonio, the Spurs need some depth in their small forward position with an aging Manu Ginobili and just Brandon Paul acting as insurances on the bench. This puts the Spurs in a flux, as they know the value of Anderson. Then again, they might not be eager to pay Anderson what the Grizzlies are willing to.