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Report: Pelicans not trading Ryan Anderson

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 31: Ryan Anderson #33 of the New Orleans Pelicans handles the ball during a game against the Golden State Warriors at the Smoothie King Center on October 31, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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The Pelicans reportedly believe they’ll lose Ryan Anderson in free agency this summer.

If that’s the case, this was a big missed opportunity.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

The Pelicans are going nowhere this season. They’re 20-33 – six games and four teams out of playoff position.

The only thing Anderson can help them accomplish the rest of the season is lose lottery position.

He would have fit many teams, including the reportedly interested Cavaliers, who sent a second-rounder to the Magic for Channing Frye. I can’t speak for Cleveland, but I’d prefer Anderson to Frye.

A second-rounder isn’t much, but it’s better than the Pelicans would’ve gotten if Anderson walks in free agency.

And I wouldn’t assume that was New Orleans’ best offer.