Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Pelicans dropped by The Vertical Podcast with L.A. Clippers man JJ Redick this week and discussed all things basketball, including his own upcoming movements as free agency beckons.
As a 6'10" forward with a reliable three-point shot, Anderson is the kind of stretch forward that teams around the NBA covet in this day and age.
Used as a sixth man, Anderson put up 17 points and six rebounds from around 30 minutes of action a night last term. Although he only started seven games, the seven-year NBA veteran was a useful shooter when he did take to the floor.
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A field goal average of 42.7 percent is very respectable for a forward in the league and he has hit north of 40 percent from beyond the arc during his career.
Interstingly enough, Redick finished top of the three-point shooting charts last season as he knocked down 47.5 percent of his efforts. At around the 40-minute mark during their conversation, the host asked Anderson if he felt the pressure of playing with free agency approaching.
"It's on your mind 100 percent through the season. You said it; you wanna maximise every aspect of it. At the same time, you wanna have fun and play basketball too. But, you have to stress a little and everybody is talking in your ear about the summer and what you should be doing."
When Redick asked if there was an added pressure when playing, Anderson went on to explain what it's like playing in the shop window with your future at stake and how paying attention to the rumour mill can have an adverse effect.
"100 percent, yeah. Without a doubt. There's added pressure, which is why I don't really look online much because there is added pressure from outside sources that might not even be true. 90 percent of the stuff you hear is completely made up, or from sombody's mouth who might not even know who you are, but this is what they think."
The Clippers guard then told Anderson he was convinced his guest would be traded before the most recent deadline, all things considered. Players with contracts running down are always subject to late season trades as organisation's attempt to make the most of their player's value while they still have them.
Anderson asserted that he's open-minded this summer, but could so very nearly have been suiting up for the dominant Cleveland Cavaliers right now.
"Wherever I end up, I end up. That's kind of the way you got to look at it because you're not in control. It was weird this year especially because of my free agent summer [it] was like ridiculous before the trade deadline. I thought I might have even gone to Cleveland. There was a very last minute phone call that I could have gone to Cleveland. I would be playing for the Cavs right now, but instead, they got Channing Frye."