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Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson Available on Trade Market, per Reports

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New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson has been one of the team’s most productive players this season, but that’s not stopping the Pelicans from putting him on the trade market. A recent Yahoo! Sports report said the Pelicans have considered moving Anderson for Markieff Morris, and John Reid of The Times Picayune said in a mailbag that the team is letting others know the forward can be had in the right deal.

Anderson is averaging 18 points and seven rebounds while shooting 44.7 percent overall and 37.6 percent from long distance this season. He sat out Friday night’s victory over the Washington Wizards with an illness, and ironically enough, the Pelicans set a franchise record for most three-pointers made in a game with 16.

The victory moved the Pelicans to a disappointing 6-16 on the season, and they may be ready to make some changes. While Anderson has put up good numbers, he’s set to become a free agent in the summer, and it’s unclear if he wants to stay or if the team wants to pay him the lucrative contract he’ll want with the cap exploding (he’s making $8.5 million this season).

However, New Orleans certainly shouldn’t rush to deal Anderson. Considering his value as a player and the fact that there will likely be a good amount of suitors, the Pelicans should be patient and make sure they get a stellar return if they do trade him.

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