Ryan Anderson took a hefty slash on a future check, shaving $5.7 million of the guaranteed $21.3 million that will be owed to him in 2019-20. However, he could be able to recoup what he gave up to make the trade between the Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns work if he is waived next offseason before the July 10 deadline, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
If he is indeed waived by the Suns before that deadline, he could make north $2.5 million on a veteran’s minimum contract and potentially muster as much as a $4-6 million range if he has a strong season as the starting power forward.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski noted there is little financial risk for Anderson by adjusting his contract, as things could go well with the Suns and they could choose to guarantee his $21 million on their own accord.
If not, he will enter a free-agent market having already bagged $15.6 million, giving the Suns significant cap space and a chance to sign another player for multiple years.
Anderson is virtually betting on himself to have a bounce-back year, which could signify either getting to stay with the Suns and forging his future there, or doing so with another team.
The future remains unknown, but what is known is that he appears slated to play significant minutes playing under new coach Igor Kokoskov as a starter and at least have the chance to prove he’s still valuable after posting only 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game last season.