The Nets needed Alan Anderson last season.
Jason Kidd moved the guard into the starting lineup for Games 6 and 7 – both wins – of Brooklyn’s first-round upset of the Raptors. Anderson used his outside shooting to draw a defender and space the floor in ways the player he replaced, Shaun Livingston, couldn’t.
The agency of Anderson, who opted out of a minimum-salary contract:
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To re-sign with the Nets at this point, Anderson could have made between $2,249,168 and $2,609,544 over the next two years. If he were returning to Brooklyn, there wasn’t much room for negotiation.
Bojan Bogdanovic already took the taxpayer mid-level exception, the Nets only realistic way of paying Anderson more. With Anderson (assuming he got his max possible salary and Kharpertian rounded), Bogdanovic and one of their second-round picks making the roster on a minimum salary, the Nets are facing a payroll of $128,164,804 – $93,538,372 in salary and $34,626,432 in taxes.