LAS VEGAS – His reasoning makes sense. Knowing the system increases the chances of being comfortable, being comfortable increases the chances of playing well and playing well obviously increases the chances of being signed, so James Anderson decided to play for the Spurs in Summer League.
It’s still weird, though. The Spurs have told Anderson in actions that he is not in their future, first in declining to pick up the $1.56-million option on his rookie contract, making the No. 20 pick in 2010 an unrestricted free agent, and then by committing themselves to Danny Green at shooting guard. Green became a surprisingly important contributor to the team that tied for the best record in the league and got a three-year, $12-million deal this month, and Anderson got to go job hunting.
“I think a fresh start would be good for me,” he said, reconciling himself to what appears to be an inevitable breakup. “It would be good to getting a lot of minutes.”
San Antonio could still bring him back, although that seems very unlikely with 14 guaranteed contracts already on the books and no real openings on the wing. But Anderson chose to stay with the Spurs for Summer League, figuring the comfort level would give him the best chance to play well in an audition for the rest of the league.
“It’s not awkward at all,” Anderson said Wednesday night after eight points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes in the 86-80 loss to the Clippers at Cox Pavilion. “I know a lot of the guys on the team. I know the system.”
There does not appear to be any strong interest yet from other teams after 77 total appearances the first two seasons. Anderson is hoping that will change. He is hoping that one, probably final, run with the Spurs will lead to a future somewhere.