The Miami Heat are not interested in acquiring Houston Rockets forward Ryan Anderson, according to a report from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
The Rockets are aggressively trying to move Anderson, who is due to make more than $20 million next season and just more than $21 million in 2019-20.
Acquiring Anderson would increase Miami’s luxury tax bill, something that is not appealing to president Pat Riley.
Anderson played in 66 games this past season and averaged 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 43.1 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from three. The 30-year-old barely got off the bench in the playoffs, scoring just 1.7 points per game.
The Heat have tried to trade guard Tyler Johnson this summer, but haven’t found a trade market for him. Johnson will make a guaranteed $19.2 million in each of the next two seasons.
Houston has its eye on Miami swingman James Johnson, but the Heat value Johnson and aren’t looking to include him in a deal which would bring Anderson to South Beach.
Johnson has three years left on his contract and is slated to make $14.4 million in 2018-19. The nine-year veteran averaged 10.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 2017-18 for the Heat, shooting 50.3 percent overall and 30.8 percent from beyond the arc.