Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 12/31/12
As Ryan Anderson sat on the podium inside Amway Center to accept his Most Improved Player of the Year Award with Otis Smith flanked to one side, it seemed a sure thing the Magic would find a way to keep the young sharpshooter. Smith said as much when the question of Anderson's future came up. He wanted Ryan Anderson in a Magic uniform for a very long time. Even then, it was somewhat assumed that Smith would not be in his job very much longer and that it would not be his decision to make. The Dwight Howard mess seemed to ensure that there would be major changes in Orlando's front office. There was change. And the new management did not know Anderson well at all. Perhaps, all they saw in Anderson was a player who was a great shooter and stretch-4 and perhaps an underrated rebounder. But he was also someone many viewed as a product of Stan Van Gundy's 3-point happy system and got the space from Dwight Howard sucking in defenders. To many, his 16.1 points per game and 39.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc were nothing more than the products of a system. That appears to be the thinking for Rob Hennigan and the Magic. They let Anderson go in a sign-and-trade with the Hornets, deciding not to match a four-year deal that started at $8.7 million. And Anderson told Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel that the Magic let him walk without much of a fight. The thing is Orlando didn’t even make a move at me. So it was a situation where every other team we spoke with thought that Orlando was going to match, and the only team that was willing to take that risk was New Orleans. It was just a real different situation. Part of that might be the intricacies of restricted free agency. The fact the Magic could match any offer means they could have let others set the market. That seemed to be the smart thing for the Magic to do. Depending on the price, the Magic would have the option to match or not. And there were legitimate concerns about whether Anderson could be as successful without Dwight Howard. He averaged only 9.6 points per game, but shot 40.0 percent from beyond the arc. The Pacers did a good job neutralizing Anderson. So far Orlando's gamble has not paid off. Anderson has increased his scoring output to 17.7 points per game and 40.4 percent from beyond the arc in approximately the same minutes -- even while coming off the bench for the most part for New Orleans. It appears Orlando's gamble did not pay off. Really, it turns out it was a bad situation for Anderson. The new regime did not know who Anderson was and the other skills he could potentially provide for the Magic. And so it made it easy for them to let him walk with little in return (the Magic did acquire Gustavo Ayon in a sign and trade deal). They are going through the same quandary and discovering new things in their upcoming decision with J.J. Redick. Lesson learned for a new general manager. Anderson is in New Orleans and seemingly happy with the decision and playing well. [follow]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Lawyer who reps concussion lawsuit wants to speak with Bettman

Former NFL LB Armstrong, wife reportedly killed by 16-year-old son

Tyler Eifert says he will never play in the Pro Bowl again

Australian athletes evacuate the Olympic village after fire

Russian weightlifting team banned from Rio

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Wade says Riley did not push him out of Miami

Nationals among multiple teams inquiring on Mark Melancon

McClain does not show up for Cowboys’ training camp

Andre Johnson agrees to two-year deal with Titans

Redskins GM injures hand punching wall in frustration

Report: Aldon Smith checks into rehab

Is it time to start taking West Ham seriously?

Storyline from 'Ballers' plays out in Cowboys preseason camp

Texas A&M creates a very sexist version of their fight song for women

Brown, Marshall are apparently serious about their car bet

Lacy, Starks could split carries to start season

Cyborg Santos post-surgery skull photos are eerie

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Hockey team unveils Clinton, Trump bobbleheads

Bennett compares chemistry with Pats QBs to his love life

Crowell still making amends for controversial Instagram post

Report: LeBron urged Justin Bieber not to perform at RNC

Luck refutes Matt Hasselbeck’s assertion he never showers

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker