Orlando has agreed to a sign-and-trade deal, sending restricted free-agent forward Ryan Anderson to New Orleans for forward Gustavo Ayon...
NEW ORLEANS — Orlando has agreed to a sign-and-trade deal, sending restricted free-agent forward Ryan Anderson to New Orleans for forward Gustavo Ayon, a person familiar with the agreement said.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the NBA’s trade moratorium prevents clubs from announcing such moves before July 11.
The 6-foot-10 Anderson, 24, is entering his fifth NBA season out of California. He started 61 games for Orlando last season, averaging 16.1 points and 7.7 rebounds.
Ayon, also 6-10, spent his rookie NBA season in New Orleans last year after playing in Spain’s top pro league. The 27-year-old Mexican started 24 games for the Hornets, averaging 5.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 20.1 minutes.
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Anderson has exceptional shooting range, giving him the versatility to also play on the wing. He led the NBA with three-pointers made (166) and attempted (422) last season.
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Sources told ESPN.com that the Celtics, in the wake of losing sharpshooter Ray Allen to the Miami Heat, have grown more interested in Lee as a possible replacement.
• Multiple sources said Kirk Hinrich is expected to sign a two-year, roughly $6 million deal with the Chicago Bulls once the free-agent moratorium ends, the Chicago Tribune reported. However, details are still being finalized.
The move signals the end of C.J. Watson’s tenure, whom sources said was told his team option won’t be picked up by Tuesday’s deadline, and solves the Bulls’ need for a combo guard.
Hinrich, 31, will start at point guard while Derrick Rose rehabilitates from knee surgery and rookie Marquis Teague learns the ropes, then slide over to shooting guard to back up Richard Hamilton and play alongside Rose. When Hamilton’s deal expires after this season, Hinrich could start at shooting guard next season.
Hinrich, a first-round pick by the Bulls in 2003, was traded by the Bulls in June 2010 to Washington.
• The Milwaukee Bucks are close to a deal with free-agent forward Ersan Ilyasova, according to a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations.
Multiple media reports earlier in the day indicated the sides were close to a contract. The 6-10, 235-pound Ilyasova, 25, had a breakout season for Milwaukee in 2011-12, averaging 13 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists. He played in 60 games and made 41 starts last season