Should the Spurs Pursue a Reunion with Kyle Anderson?

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What Kyle Anderson would add to the Spurs defensively

Defensively is where Anderson remains as stout as ever. Already one of the Spurs' best defenders before, he has made his mark on Memphis as a malleable defender who can defend multiple positions and understand various team concepts. He is still an excellent one-on-one defender who can disrupt lanes with his length while being a sneakily good shot blocker. Oh, and he rarely lets rebounds slip past him.

For a San Antonio team struggling on defense for the fourth straight campaign, Anderson could very well be a tremendous aid. He is not an anchor, nor an enforcer by any means, but he could be the cog that pushes the Spurs to fully realize their defensive potential. Often do we see the team succeed at defense on the initial layer before getting blanketed by puzzling miscommunications and unwise gambles.

Naysayers would point to his possibly hefty cost to say otherwise, but there is minimal risk for the San Antonio Spurs to make a rather supplementary move, especially with the free agency market appearing to be even staler than the previous one.

Rotation-wise, Anderson could even slide in as a starter if the Spurs do not gun for a forward in the draft, serving as a more two-way threat than the defensively-challenged Doug McDermott and the offensively-challenged Keita Bates-Diop.

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And since we are on the topic anyway, who would not want a player who can take a berating or two from the soon-to-be winningest coach in NBA history?