Ryan Anderson Ready for ‘More Freedom’
The Orlando Magic overhauled their roster this offseason, embracing a youth movement built around young talent, draft picks, and cap space. Ryan Anderson, the league’s Most Improved Player in 2011-12, did not fit into their plans. As a result they sign-and-traded him to the New Orleans Hornets, where he’ll be allowed to do far more than he was in Orlando, for Gustavo Ayon.
“It was a great city to play for and I feel really blessed to have spent three years in Orlando, but transitioning to New Orleans, I think is a great opportunity for me to go through some change. I think I’m ready to venture out and play a different role and have a little bit more freedom playing in New Orleans. I was restricted a bit in Orlando. I’m obviously known for shooting the ball but I know I can do a lot more than that and the coaching staff in New Orleans has made it very clear that they want me to do more and they’re just a great staff too.”