NBA: Washington Wizards Shifting Focus From Kevin Durant To Ryan Anderson

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Jun. 28 2016, Updated 2:57 p.m. ET

When Kevin Durant announced the teams he is going to meet with, the Washington Wizards were not on that list. With that being said, the Wizards are going to have focus on other free agents this summer. According to CBS Sports,the Wizards are shifting their attention towards Ryan Anderson. The former California Golden Bears star is one of the best shooters available in free agency.

Ryan Anderson was the 21st pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He is one of the best shooting power forwards in the National Basketball Association. Anderson has played for three teams since joining the league. He was drafted by the New Jersey Nets and spent a year with them. Ryan was then traded to the Orlando Magic.

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While playing for the Orlando Magic, Ryan Anderson won the Most Improved Player of the Year award in 2011-2012 NBA season. That year, he led the league in both three-point field goals made and attempted.

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After winning the Most Improved Player of the Year award, Ryan Anderson decided to sign with the New Orleans Pelicans. He has been a very efficient role player for the Pelicans. Anderson has the ability to go off for 20 points in any given night.

With the NBA salary cap rising to $94 million this summer, teams will have more money to spend on free agents. Ryan Anderson is expected to get a significant pay raise this summer from his recent performance with the New Orleans Pelicans. He averaged 17 points and six rebounds in 30.4 minutes. Anderson shot 42 percent from the field and 36 percent from beyond the arc.

Some people in the NBA are expecting Ryan Anderson’s next contract to be around $17 million. Several teams are going to be interested in signing him this summer. He has the ability to stretch out the floor. That’s what most teams are looking for in a power forward.

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