The restricted free agent market was extremely quiet for the first week of free agency, but on Friday that all changed with the Kings inking Zach LaVine to a four-year, $80 million offer sheet that will force the Bulls into a difficult decision.
While Chicago mulls whether to match or not, the Spurs will also have an interesting decision to make after the Grizzlies came in with an aggressive offer on Kyle Anderson. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Grizzlies gave Anderson a 4-year, $37.2 million offer sheet (their full mid-level exception for this season).
The Grizzlies obviously plan on making Anderson a part of their long-term plan because he’s not only getting a four-year deal, but it also apparently includes a 15 percent trade kicker.
Memphis is now perilously close to the tax line ($2.4 million short) if the Spurs are to pass. Anderson averaged 7.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game on a 52.7/33.3/71.2 shooting split in San Antonio last season, and while he’s a good player that’s a pretty aggressive offer sheet, which is sometimes what you have to do to land a guy.
The Spurs are obviously in a transition period, pending a Kawhi Leonard trade and with Tony Parker leaving for Charlotte, and this will be a good indicator of just how important they think Anderson is to their roster.