REPORT: Spurs expected to offer Kyle Anderson qualifying offer
Wooing LeBron James to Texas is not the only priority of the San Antonio Spurs this offseason. Also high on their list is finding a way to keep Spurs swingman Kyle Anderson, who is set to hit free agency in the summer.
In a report by Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News, the Spurs are said to be preparing the qualifying offer that would make Kyle Anderson a restricted free agent.
The qualifying offer for Anderson is worth $4.74 million, which is a sizeable increase from the $2.15 million he earned in the previous season. San Antonio must be pleased with the way Anderson carried himself on the court during the 2017-18 campaign. With the Spurs dealing with the lengthy absence of superstar forward Kawhi Leonard, Anderson was one of the players who helped soften the impact of Leonard being away from the team.
The 6-foot-9 Anderson averaged 7.9 points, 2.7 assists, and 5.4 rebounds in 26.7 minutes across 74 games in the regular season. Without Leonard, Anderson was often tasked with the duty of being the primary wing defender, thanks to his size, length, and motor. Anderson also made 67 starts, which were more than what he had in total during his previous three seasons in the NBA.
Anderson was an integral component of a San Antonio squad that barely sneaked into the playoffs last season, placing seventh in the Western Conference with a 47-35 record – just a game ahead of the ninth-place Denver Nuggets – and Leonard’s absence appeared to be a blessing in disguise for Anderson, who is likely to get offers from other teams in the summer.