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San Antonio Spurs: Kyle Anderson signs offer sheet with Grizzlies

By Rob Wolkenbrod
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11: Kyle Anderson #1 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts after a timeout during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 11, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11: Kyle Anderson #1 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts after a timeout during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 11, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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Kyle Anderson has reportedly agreed to an offer sheet with the Memphis Grizzlies. The San Antonio Spurs can match it within 48 hours.

Kyle Anderson entered the summer as one of three restricted free agents from the San Antonio Spurs. Meaning another team can sign him to a contract, but the Spurs receive 48 hours to match it. So far, that had not happened with Anderson, Bryn Forbes or Davis Bertans.

Well, on Friday, hours after the Spurs received the news of Tony Parker’s departure, Anderson signed an offer sheet with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. It’s worth $37.2 million over four years, with a 15 percent trade kicker.

According to Wojnarowski, the Grizzlies see Anderson as an upgrade at small forward, with the idea of him amping their old “Grit-and-Grind” identity. This originally focused on a lineup of Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Tony Allen and Mike Conley; only Conley and Gasol remain with Memphis.

Anderson’s career year in 2017-18 brought him this lucrative multi-year deal from the Grizzlies. This included 7.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 67 starts, which resulted from Kawhi Leonard’s season-long quadriceps injury; consistent playing time opened for the UCLA product, and he delivered before hitting the open market.

The Spurs already remain around the salary cap, so it will be interesting to see if they choose to match Anderson’s offer sheet and go above the threshold. If not, the team will lose one of its best defenders, according to the 2017-18 Defensive Rating, as the four-year pro reached a 101 mark.

Anderson’s 6-foot-9 frame offers versatility for the Silver and Black, so they may miss him if the four-year deal is not matched. Rudy Gay was already re-signed to be a hybrid forward, but he’s there for his offensive game. Will the Spurs find someone to supplement him?

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