The sign-and-trade sending Ryan Anderson to the Hornets in exchange for Gustavo Ayon was completed today and Ryan was introduced to the New Orleans media. Bradley Handwerger with WWL TV was there and has a bunch of great quotes from Monty, Dell and Ryan, so check out his timeline here: @wwltvsports
Here are a few of the quotes I found most interesting:
Anderson: "I really believe that this is a team that’s going to do some special things in the next couple of years."— WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) July 11, 2012
Demps on Anderson: "His ability to shoot the ball is not only going to help our team, but help our players get better.— WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) July 11, 2012
Monty: "We said from day one we wanted guys who wanted to be here " Said Anderson bought in day one.— WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) July 11, 2012
Pretty interesting considering his recent defense of Eric Gordon's comments.
Dell Demps says "at this time, we have not seen an offer sheet." This was in regard to Eric Gordon.— WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) July 11, 2012
This one was a little strange. We've seen reports as late as last night that Phoenix would still present the offer sheet to Gordon this morning and that he would sign it. As of lunch time here in NOLA, there is no confirmation that this has happened yet. This could mean some sort of deal is in the works, or it could mean Phoenix wants to get their other ducks in a row before tying up so much cap space. We'll find out soon. Come back here or catch me on twitter (@LSUhornet17) for updates as always.