Ryan Anderson could be back

I’m not quite sure what a “significantly partially guaranteed” contract entails, but rest assured, it indicates this marriage might not be permanent.

Anderson was last seen in a Rockets uniform being tortured by Steph Curry in a two minute Game 7 span in 2018 which still makes me wake up in cold sweats. There’s a clip somewhere on YouTube of that stretch which I argued may have cost Houston the championship that season. That the Rockets were even in it that late without Chris Paul is remarkable; that their depth had thinned to the point that Anderson was brought in from the bullpen is jarring. Curry’s eyes lit up and the rest is history. The entire sequence was reflective of a point I and others had been making that entire season heading into the matchup – the Warriors make you pay for even a single weak link.

None of the above, of course, is or was Anderson’s fault. It should have never gotten to the point of needing him to play. At the same time, when $20 million of the payroll is tied up in a player so limited, depth inevitably suffers.

As you’ll remember, I abhorred the original signing, but have defended it recently against charges that it was Morey’s worst. As I’ve stated many times, without Anderson, there’s no 55 wins, and with no 55 wins, there’s no Paul in 2017-2018.

This time of course will be different. I suppose Ryno will be competing with Anthony Bennett for one of the last fringe spots. My fear is if he overtakes Gary Clark in the pecking order due to Mike D’Antoni’s comfort level with veterans and the reliability inherent in Anderson’s shooting. Such a decision would be extremely short sighted but equally predictable.

About the author: Rahat Huq is a lawyer in real life and the founder and editor-in-chief of Red94.net.

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