Rumor: Spurs unlikely to match Kyle Anderson offer sheet with Grizzlies
Restricted free agent forward Kyle Anderson on Friday had agreed to a four-year, $37 million offer sheet with the Memphis Grizzlies that has put his future with the San Antonio Spurs up in the air.
According to Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News, the Spurs are not expected to match that offer that Anderson has received from the Grizzlies.
— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) July 8, 2018
Anderson has spent his first four seasons with the Spurs as one of their key rotation players off the bench that became a primary starter this past year with All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard out of the mix for nearly the entire campaign. In 74 games this past season, he averaged 7.9 points on 52.7 percent shooting from the field and 33.3 percent from 3-point range along with 5.4 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per contest.
The 24-year-old has brought consistent production to the table with his steady play but hasn’t broken out beyond being a role player. There had been the expectation that the franchise was going to bring him back, but this contract offer from the Grizzlies may be out of the range that San Antonio is willing to offer Anderson to keep him aboard.
This will now put the Spurs without yet another key player as the team had lost out on veteran point guard Tony Parker after he agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal to join the Charlotte Hornets. It now shifts the puzzle a bit as forward Rudy Gay could see increased time with Anderson likely gone once his deal with the Grizzlies becomes official.
This addition for Memphis helps stabilize their roster with a steady option that could be an effective factor defensively while providing some of a scoring punch. He could be in line to help fill the void that was left by Tyreke Evans leaving after one season by inking a one-year, $12 million deal with the Indiana Pacers.