Desperate for another shooter when Bradley Beal is out with an injury or to spread the floor with the second unit that lacks an outside threat, the Wizards could use the 43% three-point shooting of Ryan Anderson.
Anderson, as CSNmidatlantic.com reported going into free agency July 1, was their top target after whiffing on Kevin Durant in free agency. The Houston Rockets, however, scooped him with $80 million over four years while the Wizards chased after Al Horford who became an 11th-hour option before he settled on the Boston Celtics. The Wizards went to Atlanta to recruit Horford.
Anderson expected to be in a Wizards uniform, multiple league sources confirmed at the time. He'd even told John Wall via text that he believed that he was headed to D.C. But president Ernie Grunfeld never called back after an initial conversation in free agency and wasn't willing to go that high to acquire his services.
Anderson is averaging 13 points and 6.4 rebounds and could’ve been a better option behind Markieff Morris, the starting power forward, than Andrew Nicholson who has fallen out of coach Scott Brooks’ rotation.
Fans in Boston clearly felt rejected by Kevin Durant, who during his free-agent period last summer met with the Celtics before ultimately choosing to sign with the Warriors.
So when the Durant and the Warriors showed up at TD Garden on Friday, the reception was a loud chorus of boos and a few T-shirts, in Celtics green-and-white, with the words “Durant is a b----” printed across the front.
Though Durant shrugged off the animosity, Warriors teammate Draymond Green was not so quick to let those fans off the hook.
“Fans must be desperate,” Green said. “How are you going to boo a guy for taking an interview? That’s crazy. I don’t get that. Y’all boo somebody for interviewing with y’all? They may scare free agents away. You don’t want to take interviews, and then make enemies for taking the interview. I don’t know. They may want to be careful with that.”
Boston’s presentation to Durant included a personal pitch from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, one of Durant’s favorite NFL Players. Though he concedes to being impressed, it wasn’t enough to make him join the Celtics. – by Monte Poole
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