The Brooklyn Nets haven’t made anything official yet, but it was reported on Friday that the team has agreed to a two-year deal with veteran forward Alan Anderson. Here are some reactions immediately after the deal:
- Tim Bontemps of the NY Post says that the move gives the Nets one of the deepest benches in the NBA next season. He expects Anderson will give them additional depth at shooting guard behind Joe Johnson and Jason Terry as well as small forward behind Paul Pierce and Andrei Kirilenko.
- Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com called Anderson the definition of a journeyman and said that this signing will allow Jason Kidd to better manage the minutes of Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce to keep them fresh for the playoffs.
- NetsDaily.com noted that Anderson was the original “Plan B” before Andrei Kirilenko after the Nets failed to sign Bojan Bogdanovic earlier this offseason. He also noted that the Nets had Anderson try out for them back in 2011 along with Gerald Green before they eventually choose Green over him though.
- Jonah Mars from From Russia With Dunk said that Anderson could have received more money and playing time had he signed elsewhere and noted that he may not even be apart of the regular rotation.
- Chris Hooker of The Brooklyn Game loved the signing but called it a crazy deal because even at the veteran-minimum the signing will still cost the Nets nearly $5 million in luxury tax fees. He added that this addresses the Nets need for steady play at the three and four positions when it comes to physicality, emotion, and mental toughness.
- Ian Parfrey of BrooklynFans.com called Andersona slasher who thinks he’s a shooter and called his 38.3 shooting percenage and 33.3 percentage from behind the arc miserable. He added that he still thinks Anderson is an upgrade over Keith Bogans and Jerry Stackhouse because of his ability to score inside and ultimately called the signing a good low-risk move.
- Brian Boake of Raptors Rapture said that Anderson provided the Raptors with instant offense off the bench because of his ability to hit threes and drive the lane. He added that when Anderson first got to the Raptors his defense was inadequate, but that it dramatically improved over time.