After losing out on David West, the Wizards have bounced back nicely by splitting their mid-level exception in order to sign Alan Anderson, per NBA.com's David Aldridge.
Wizards near agreement with Nets free agent swingman Alan Anderson, per source.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 7, 2015
Free agent Alan Anderson has agreed to a one-year, $4M deal with Washington, league source tells Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 7, 2015
Anderson's coming off his most efficient season in his career which was topped off by an excellent run in the playoffs for the Brooklyn Nets. He had a particularly noteworthy performance in game 5 against the Atlanta Hawks as he continued to hit big shots down the stretch en route to his 23 point, 9-11 shooting night.
Washington absolutely needs depth in the frontcourt, hence their pursuit of David West, but I get the feeling this may work out even better. They were able to fill a major need on the perimeter with Anderson, who, if last year was any indication, will thrive in a more structured offense where he isn't asked to create for himself. His shot selection throughout his career has given him somewhat of a bad rep and he does have a tendency to over dribble looking to create in isolation, but all of that will take a backseat to his above-average shooting and defense in Washington.
And the Wizards pulled this off by preserving some of their mid-level exception. They'll likely continue to scour the market for big men, but with this, they can at least rest easy knowing they've solidified their wing rotation.