Spurs unlikely to match Kyle Anderson's offer sheet, per league sources

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Kyle Anderson is ready to become the latest Spur to depart San Antonio.

Leagues sources inform the Express-News the Spurs are unlikely to match the Memphis Grizzlies' four-year, $37 million offer sheet Anderson agreed to on Thursday night and submitted to the team on Friday. The deadline for the Spurs to match is tonight.

Anderson, 24, is coming off his best season in his three years with the Spurs. He averaged 7.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 steals in 74 games, 67 of which he started in place of Kawhi Leonard.

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The Spurs exercised Anderson's qualifying offer last month hoping to retain their 2014 first-round pick. According to league sources, the Spurs were looking pay Anderson in the $5 million per season range, but the Grizzlies' offer was too steep to match.

With Anderson on the way out, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will lose a player he continually praised for his ability to play multiple roles.

"He is like a utility infielder in baseball," said Popovich last November. "He can do a little bit of everything, and he sets an example. He's worked into this role."

Sources tell the Express-News the Grizzlies sold Anderson on a prominent role in new head coach J. B. Bickerstaff's system, which could include time at the point guard position backing up Mike Conley in addition to playing the small forward position.

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Anderson's departure comes after days after longtime point guard Tony Parker agreed to join the Charlotte Hornets on a two-year, $10 million deal. Parker, who spent 17 seasons with the Spurs, told ESPN's The Undefeated Marc Spears it was time to move on.

"It was a very emotional conversation with Pop and (Spurs general manager) R.C. Buford," Parker old Spears. "I will always love San Antonio. I will always be a Spur. My family and house are in San Antonio. But I'm excited to play for my idol in M.J. (Hornets owner Michael Jordan), coach J.B. (James Borrego), who I played for in San Antonio, and with my little brother Nicolas Batum."