January 3rd 2017 at 4:51pm CST by Chris Crouse
GM Daryl Morey said the Rockets tried to trade for Ryan Anderson multiple times over the past few years, adding that the team was “obsessed” with his game, as Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer writes. Houston signed the power forward to a four-year, $80MM deal during the offseason.
Here’s more from the Southwest Division:
- Chandler Parsons, who signed a max contract with the Grizzlies over the summer, missed 25 games this season because of injuries and he’s shooting a career low 34.7% from the field in the 11 games he has been able to play. However, Parsons remains optimistic that he can turn the season around, as he tells Sam Amick of USA Today. “I’m obviously not hitting at a high rate, and I’ve been an efficient player my entire career,” Parsons said. “But it’s the law of averages, man. Let me keep playing. I ain’t gonna shoot this bad for the rest of the year.”
- JaMychal Green has played well for the Grizzlies this season, but Joe Mullinax of SB Nation wonders if Green should be part of the team’s long-term plans. Green will be a restricted free agent this offseason and Mullinax speculates that the power forward will command an annual salary of at least $10MM, a figure that could be too pricey for Memphis.
- Andrew Bogut acknowledges that coming off the bench can be a “little disparaging,” but he’s willing to try new things if it helps the Mavericks win more games, as Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com passes along. “If that’s the way things are going to go to try to get us wins, I’m all for it. If it doesn’t get us wins, then we have a conversation in five or six games,” Bogut said. “It’s no secret that that lineup just doesn’t work. [Harrison Barnes] at the 4 with Dirk at the 5 or myself at the 5 is way more effective. You don’t have to look at analytics to see that. You can see that with the way the floor spacing is and all of that. We’ll give it a shot and see how it goes.”