While the insanity of the biggest NBA free agency period rages all around us, the Raptors have remained relatively quiet. Sure, they signed DeRozan to a near-max deal, but that was expected. But today, on Canada Day, according to Mark Medina of Los Angeles Daily News, Raptors management met with sweet-shooting forward Ryan Anderson.
To my eyes, this news comes after TMZ reported that Dwane Casey had been photographed in the Beverly Whilsire Hotel talking to Meyers Leonard by the way. But I was not prepared to write that up as a story.
In any case, the merits to signing Ryan Anderson are fairly obvious. He's 27 years old, 6'10'', and averaged 17 points and 6 rebounds last season. He can also, mostly importantly, shoot the dickens out of the basketball. Anderson is a career 38 percent shooting from three point range. He's not the strongest defender (this would be the main demerit to the signing), but for a Raptors team that would like more long-range shooting (like every team wants), he's an intriguing choice.
The team also still has a weird situation at power forward, for which Anderson would fill a need. Is he the guy for Masai? We'll see.