Grade the deal: Alan Anderson agrees to one-year, $4M deal with Wizards

Tuesday July 7th, 2015

Free-agent swingman Alan Anderson has agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with the Washington Wizards, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. TNT's David Aldridge confirmed the deal.

Anderson, who will be 33 at the start of next season, played the last two seasons with the Brooklyn Nets. He averaged 7.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game last season, playing primarily off the bench.

Wojnarowski had reported on Sunday that the Nets had made keeping Anderson a priority, while other teams had targeted him to bolster their benches. 

Anderson went undrafted in 2005 and signed with the Charlotte Bobcats. He saw limited action in two seasons before he was waived and spent the next four years playing in Europe and the D-League before returning to the NBA with the Toronto Raptors in 2012. 

Analysis: Washington still has needs to fill in the frontcourt, but Anderson makes sense as a competent shooter and wing defender. That he has the size to credibly play small forward gives the Wizards a positional freedom that Gary Neal would not, and some security on Otto Porter’s shakier nights. Predictably, Anderson’s new deal also won’t stand in the way of Washington’s cap room plays next summer. High marks all around to get a nice player on an economical deal. — Rob Mahoney

Grades: B

- Dan Gartland

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