Before forward Ryan Anderson joined New Orleans July 11 via a sign-and-trade, the Jazz were involved in talks to acquire the former Orlando sharpshooter, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned.
The Hornets unexpectedly added Anderson toward the end of the free-agency moratorium period. New Orleans was only forced to give up second-year power forward Gustavo Ayon, while Anderson a restricted free agent received a four-year deal worth a reported $34 million.
The 6-foot-10, 240-pound Anderson averaged career highs in points (16.1) and rebounds (7.7) for the Magic during the 2011-12 season. He shot 39 percent behind the 3-point line in 61 games (all starts), and was named NBA Comeback Player of the Year after leading the league in made 3s (166).