When it came to backup small forward for the Brooklyn Nets, Plan A was Andrei Kirilenko, Plan B was Bojan Bogdanovic, and Plan C was Alan Anderson. The Nets have now managed to land both Plan A and Plan C.
Brooklyn signed Alan Anderson to a 2-year veteran’s minimum contract Friday afternoon, completing their 15-man roster. The second year of Anderson’s deal is a player option. Anderson later showed his love for Brooklyn on twitter.
Anderson averaged nearly 11 ppg last season for the Toronto Raptors, including a season high of 35 against the Manhattan Knicks.
Anderson has been on Toronto the past two seasons and played in Europe before that. He is 30 years old, but is only now entering his NBA prime.
Alan could have went to a worse team and possibly received more money, but by coming to the Nets, Anderson is showing that he really wants to win. He won’t get much playing time with this team barring a serious injury, and it is unlikely he will even be in the regular rotation.
The Nets really didn’t even need to make this signing. They already had 14 players under contract and are only allowed to dress 12 for each game. This likely means that Tyshawn Taylor, Toko Shengelia, and Mason Plumlee will be spending plenty of time in the D-League and will not be given much of an opportunity this season.
This also shows just how rich Mikhail Prokhorov is. Because of the luxury tax, signing Anderson will cost the Nets close to $5 million for a guy who might only barely play. Prokhorov is so rich that he doesn’t care at all about spending money as long as it guarantees his team is a winner.
There will be a whole lot of pressure on the Nets this season to be successful.