Before the Brooklyn Nets used their mini mid-level exception to sign Andrei Kirilenko, they were considering swingman Alan Anderson. Obviously they used that mini mid-level exception to sign Kirilenko to a below market value deal and then they signed Anderson to a veteran minimum deal to get him on a below market value deal as well.
Why did both of those players accept less to play for the Nets? For a chance to win a NBA championship.
“I’m just happy to be here,” Anderson said during a teleconference on Wednesday. “I’m ready for this journey that we’re about to go on. The Nets were by far the best team that was trying to sign me. I had other offers with teams that were offering me more money. But I’m not getting (any) younger. I want to win. I’m a winner. You just look at the teams and see who’s dedicated to winning. I felt the most comfortable being here.”
Anderson not only took less money to sign with the Nets, he’s also likely to see much less playing time. The versatile player will be stuck not only behind starters Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson, but will be blocked by Kirilenko and Jason Terry as well. That’s how badly these players want to come to Brooklyn. In the NBA, not many teams have the shot at a championship and the Nets are one of the few this year.
Read our own John Torenli’s look at how the Nets roster is constructed in his latest column in the Brooklyn Eagle.