Nets agree to deal with Alan Anderson

The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly finalizing an agreement with veteran forward Alan Anderson. AP Photo.

The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly finalizing an agreement with veteran forward Alan Anderson. AP Photo.

The Brooklyn Nets and free agent forward Alan Anderson are in the process of finalizing an agreement, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. It’s a two-year deal with the second year being a player-option, his agent told Sam Amick. With no mini mid-level exception remaining this is most likely a minimum-salary deal.

Anderson is known for his defense and ability to hit threes. He’s typically a small forward, where he would be blocked by Paul Pierce and Andrei Kirilenko, but he can also play guard. This is likely insurance in case Tornike Shengelia, who is having knee surgery this week, can’t return by the start of the season. The contract is guaranteed though so he’ll be around Shengelia or no Shengelia.

The 30-year-old played the last two seasons for the Toronto Raptors where he shot 34.4 percent from the floor and averaged 15.8 points with 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per 36 minutes. He has shot 34.9 percent from behind the arc during his career. In his best game of the season last year, Anderson scored 35 points in a loss to the Knicks where he hit six threes.

Anderson originally played ball at Michigan State University where he was voted the team’s MVP by the players as well as the media as a senior. He then signed as an undrafted free agent to play with the Charlotte Bobcats for two years before he went off to play in the Italian League, the Israeli League, then the NBA Development League, and finally the Spanish League before he finally returned to the NBA in March of 2012.