NBA Trade Rumors: Available Stars Knicks Must Pursue

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Dec 23, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward

Ryan Anderson

(33) reacts after a score against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Honorable Mention: Ryan Anderson, New Orleans Pelicans

Position: Power Forward

Age: 27

Slash Line: .439/.385/.883

Season Averages: 31.7 MPG, 17.3 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.1 ORPG, 1.1 APG, 2.0 3PM

It’s entirely fair to say Ryan Anderson is not a star. What’s undeniable, however, is that the 2012 Most Improved Player is one of the most unique and dynamic contributors in the NBA.

Not only is Anderson a 6’10” 3-point marksman, but he’s a legitimate threat with his back to the basket.

Anderson’s presence may seem redundant with Kristaps Porzingis on the roster, but he’d provide a sense of continuity. Whether he’d serve as the sixth man or a starter, the 27-year-old would be a significant asset offensively.

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the New Orleans Pelicans are fielding trade offers.

As a lights-out shooter, skilled mid-post player, and productive offensive rebounder, Anderson would be an excellent fit in New York.

Whether or not Robin Lopez were to be included in the trade, New York could potentially start Anderson at power forward and Porzingis at center. If he were to resume his sixth man duties, Anderson would be the spark that the Knicks currently lack.

If Dell Demps is considering a trade due to Anderson’s expiring contract, he may covet a long-term big man—Lopez–with a history in New Orleans.