The Brooklyn Nets might not have been able to retain the services of Paul Pierce, but they have managed to bring back swingman Alan Anderson. According to multiple reports, Anderson signed a two-year and $2.6 million deal to return to Brooklyn on Monday. The second year of the deal is a player option.
Nobody, Anderson included, didn’t really have a strong idea of how the Nets would use him when he signed with Brooklyn last year. It seemed that other teams could offer him more playing time, but the Nets showed him that they really wanted him and that’s what it took to sign him. As it turned out, Anderson got solid playing time as he played in 78 games, starting 26, and averaged 22.7 minutes per night.
He averaged 11.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per 36 minutes while shooting 40 percent and 33.9 percent behind the arc last season. It was his defense that was most important for the Nets, though, with Jason Kidd often using him against opponents’ best weapon.
Anderson will be 32 in October, but he didn’t give the Nets any reason to fear handing him a two-year deal. His shooting is a bit inconsistent, however, the versatility he brings and the defense that he provides should make him a strong roll player.
This signing unofficially gives the Nets 14 players, including Bojan Bogdanovic and Markel Brown, with a payroll of roughly $93.5 million. That leaves them with just one more spot on the roster to do anything with.