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Alan Anderson re-signs with Nets, raises Brooklyn’s NBA-high payroll

Brooklyn Nets v Toronto Raptors - Game Two

Brooklyn Nets v Toronto Raptors - Game Two

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The Nets needed Alan Anderson last season.

Jason Kidd moved the guard into the starting lineup for Games 6 and 7 – both wins – of Brooklyn’s first-round upset of the Raptors. Anderson used his outside shooting to draw a defender and space the floor in ways the player he replaced, Shaun Livingston, couldn’t.

With Livingston headed to the Warriors and Paul Pierce to the Wizards, the Nets decided they still need Anderson on the wing.

The agency of Anderson, who opted out of a minimum-salary contract:

Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game

To re-sign with the Nets at this point, Anderson could have made between $2,249,168 and $2,609,544 over the next two years. If he were returning to Brooklyn, there wasn’t much room for negotiation.

Bojan Bogdanovic already took the taxpayer mid-level exception, the Nets only realistic way of paying Anderson more. With Anderson (assuming he got his max possible salary and Kharpertian rounded), Bogdanovic and one of their second-round picks making the roster on a minimum salary, the Nets are facing a payroll of $128,164,804 – $93,538,372 in salary and $34,626,432 in taxes.