Comcast SportsNet Northwest's Chris Haynes reports that swingman Alan Anderson has reportedly decided to opt out of his contract with the Nets and become an unrestricted free agent. Anderson was due to earn slightly north of $1 million next season if he had decided to not test free agency.
Anderson signed a two-year deal worth just over $2 million with Brooklyn following two seasons playing for the Toronto Raptors. The Nets signed Anderson after failing to bring 2011 second round pick Bojan Bogdanovic over from Turkey. With a reputation for being a strong defender, Anderson appeared in a career high 78 games in his first season with the Nets, starting 26 of those games. Averaging just over 22.5 minutes a game, the Michigan State alum 7.2 points per game on exactly 40% shooting.
Anderson becomes the second member of the Nets to opt out of his contract, as Andray Blatche chose to forego the final year of his deal. However, both are reportedly willing to re-sign with Brooklyn. Both provided solid production off the bench, which was key for a team that features aging and injury prone starters. With the Nets payroll sitting at a hefty $88.5 million, however, it may be difficult to bring both back, especially Blatche following back-to-back strong seasons and the ability of other teams to offer more money. Anderson would seem to require a less costly contract that Blatche would likely receive in free agency.
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