Alan Anderson Provides Protection For Brooklyn Nets

By Mike B. Ruiz
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What’s another couple million dollars to these free-spending Brooklyn Nets?

Sources report that the ultra-aggressive organization agreed to a two-year, $2 million deal with former Toronto Raptors guard/forward Alan Anderson on Friday.

The 30-year-old, 6-foot-6 Anderson averaged career highs of 10.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.7 steals in exactly 23 minutes per game last season.

With considerable size and a versatile skill set, it would be easy for every other coach in the NBA to find a consistent role in their team’s rotation for Anderson, whether it be as a reserve or a starter. New Nets coach Jason Kidd, however, is not every other NBA coach. We already know about the depth of his starting lineup since the blockbuster trade with the Boston Celtics, but his bench doesn’t lack talent either.

Mirza Teletovic and Andrei Kirilenko are both expected to occupy the minutes at the backup small forward position, and Jason Terry is a lock at the reserve shooting guard spot.

So where does that leave Anderson? In all likelihood, he’s going to be the odd man out in terms of minutes. But at least he’ll make a very above average flotation device when injuries or slumps come into play at one point or another. Kidd will never be afraid to throw him out there, no matter how long he’s been camping out on the end of the bench.

With all the pieces already having been in place for Brooklyn, this signing’s immediate impact is in the extra wave of confidence it adds to the locker room.

And, yes, the signing of this contract should finally conclude the Nets’ flashy offseason spending spree.

Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer for Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz and “Like” him on Facebook.

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