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Ryan Anderson | Forward

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 240
College: California
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The Pelicans are shopping Ryan Anderson in a trade, according to Yahoo! Sports.
The Pelicans traded their 2014 first-round draft pick in the Jrue Holiday deal, so they would like to get in the mix tonight. Anderson played just 22 games last year, but made a whopping 3.0 treys per game. He is on schedule to return from his neck surgery and should be ready for training camp. The arrival of Omer Asik could also hurt Anderson's playing time, but he should bury plenty of treys no matter where he plays. Jun 26 - 7:15 PM

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Coach Monty Williams said Ryan Anderson (back) is "on target" from his rehab and he is expected to be ready for training camp.

Dating back to April, Anderson's prognosis has him expected to resume basketball activities in August to October. He had spine surgery on Apr. 8 after suffering his back injury on Jan 3. He was knocking down 3.0 triples per game before injury and should hit the ground running next season.
Jun 19 - 11:11 PM

Ryan Anderson (spine surgery) is expected to resume basketball activities in 4-6 months.

The Tuesday surgery on Anderson's cervical spine for a herniated disc was deemed a success. Given the timetable, it's possible that he'll be ready to return for the start of the 2014-15 season. It's an injury to monitor closely as Anderson is a candidate to lead the league in 3-pointers anytime he's getting 30+ minutes a night.
Apr 11 - 10:19 AM

Ryan Anderson had surgery on Tuesday to repair a herniated cervical disc.

Anderson did all he could to avoid season-ending surgery, but in the end it proved unavoidable. He wrote that the surgery went "really well" and the Pelicans should provide a timetable for his recovery in the next few weeks. He was having a terrific season before the injury, pitching in 19.8 points per game with a whopping 3.0 three-pointers on 40.9 percent shooting from downtown.
Apr 8 - 6:17 PM

Ryan Anderson will have surgery to repair the herniated cervical disc which ended his 2013-14 season.

Anderson met with numerous specialists before determining that surgery is "the best opportunity to have a full recovery." He'll go under the knife next month, at which point a timetable should be available.
Mar 25 - 2:47 PM

Ryan Anderson is "talking to a number of doctors all over the country" about the herniated disc in his neck which ended his season after 19 games.

Anderson is done for the 2013-14 season and the lack of clarity about his rehab and recovery leaves open the possibility that he won't be ready for training camp, either. The Pelicans trainers are still working with him and we'll pass along any updates as they become available.
Mar 11 - 3:59 PM

Ryan Anderson said Monday that his herniated discs aren't healing and that he's still experiencing tingling in his fingers.

Anderson will get a second opinion on Tuesday and at this point we can only hope that his long-term future isn't at risk. His season ended when the Pelicans received an injured player exception in February.
Mar 3 - 11:05 PM

The Pelicans received their Disabled Player Exception valued at $4.15 million for Ryan Anderson on Wednesday.

This news ends Ryan Anderson's season and the team is certainly going to miss him after he was playing well. The Pelicans might not want to use this spot because helping their team win is probably not good for their future. Their 2014 first-round pick goes to the Sixers and is top-six protected, so it would behoove them to have one of the worst records in the NBA heading into a loaded 2014 NBA Draft.
Feb 19 - 4:42 PM

The Pelicans will soon receive a Disabled Player Exception for Ryan Anderson (neck), according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

The exception is expected to be worth around $4 million, allowing New Orleans to sign a replacement player without salary-cap penalties. The more important implication is that Anderson wouldn't return this season, though it's unclear whether he'll require surgery to repair the herniated disc in his neck. Stay tuned for official confirmation.
Feb 18 - 1:56 PM

Ryan Anderson (neck) is scheduled to get another medical evaluation later this month and will also seek a second opinion from another doctor.

Out since January 3rd with a herniated disc, Anderson is feeling better and received clearance to fly with the Pelicans three weeks ago. "I want to be really conservative with this because it is a pretty serious thing," Anderson said before Wednesday night’s game. "I’m really waiting until the next check up, so I can get cleared and maybe start doing a little bit more. At least get back in some kind of shape." The Pelicans haven't ruled out a return for Anderson, but those comments combined with the team' 23-29 record don't provide a lot hope for owners hoping to get some value out of the big man this season.
Feb 13 - 9:22 AM

Ryan Anderson (neck) will be re-evaluated after two months to see if he requires neck surgery.

The bad news gets even worse for Anderson's fantasy owners as he was already due to miss at least two months. The original timetable would have him out until at least mid-March and a subsequent surgery would put a fork in his 2013-14 season. The question of whether or not to hold onto Anderson hinges upon fantasy roster size, but owners in need of immediate stats don't have to feel bad about dropping him for a healthy player who is producing.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 14 - 12:42 PM

Ryan Anderson will miss at least two months due to a herniated disk in his back.

This is terrible news for the Pelicans and it will likely change their plan. Their team has fallen apart since Anderson went down, losing all five games with three of them going down as double-digit losses with an abysmal 114.9 defensive rating in that span. With Anderson out, Al-Farouq Aminu will get quite a few minutes and should be owned in most standard leagues. Jason Smith will get more minutes at center and should be solid on blocks and boards.
Jan 13 - 7:31 PM

Coach Monty Williams said on Friday that he's not going to speculate on a timetable for Ryan Anderson (neck).

"That spine stuff, I don't know a lot about all that," Williams said. "He's feeling a lot better. He was in a lot of pain [this] week." Anderson was at Friday's game in street clothes, so it's good to hear his life off the court is starting to get back to normal. There is no specific timetable for his return to game action and his owners just have to keep him stashed based on his outstanding upside.
Jan 11 - 4:37 AM

Ryan Anderson has been diagnosed with a herniated disc and is out indefinitely.

Anderson was accidentally struck from behind by Gerald Wallace on Friday night and had to be carted off on a stretcher. He's been at a Boston hospital getting tests done ever since. The diagnosis is an awful one for owners, as players often simply have to sit around and wait for discs to heal -- and no one knows how long that can take. Still, Anderson is a valuable enough fantasy asset to try hanging onto until a clearer timetable is revealed. Alexis Ajinca and Jason Smith (day to day, shoulder) will pick up minutes next to Anthony Davis, but are both weak adds due to their limited offensive abilities.
Jan 7 - 10:31 AM

Ryan Anderson (cervical stinger) has been talking to his friends and family while he is still under medical evaluation in Boston on Saturday, according to TV reports on FOX Sports Indiana.

It's a scary situation with cervical stingers having to do with a pinched nerve in the spine. He does not have a timetable to return and Pelicans team officials have traveled to Boston to stay with their star power forward. It's good to hear Anderson is able to be with his family, but it does sound like he's going to miss some time. Alexis Ajinca and Al-Farouq Aminu figure to get more playing time while Anderson recovers. Stay tuned for any other updates.
Jan 4 - 8:03 PM

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