Anderson agrees to one-year, $4M deal with Wizards: report

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Alan Anderson spends two seasons with the Nets.

The Nets appear to have lost the grittiest member of their roster to a team familiar with poaching their players.

The bearded veteran Alan Anderson, who for the past two seasons provided the Nets with much-needed toughness and scoring off the bench, agreed to terms with the Washington Wizards on a one-year deal valued at $ 4 million, Yahoo! Sports first reported on Tuesday.

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Anderson goes to a team that also nabbed Paul Pierce for the 2014-15 season after he helped push the Nets to the second round of the playoffs against the Miami Heat in 2013-14.

While Pierce reunited with Doc Rivers in Los Angeles, the Wizards have retooled with free agent agreements with Anderson, Jared Dudley and Gary Neal.

A popular, well-respected locker room voice, the 6-6, 220-pound Anderson had been a target of the Wizards since the start of free agency.

Until finding a home with the Nets, Anderson, 32, was the definition of a journeyman, playing for two NBA teams and overseas in Italy, Croatia and Israel, as well as with three different stints in the D-league.

Anderson had perhaps his finest season of his NBA career in 2014-15, averaging 7.4 points and 2.8 rebounds in 23.6 minutes a game.

His numbers went up in the playoffs as he scored 23 points on four-of-four three-pointers in a Game 5 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the third time he notched double figures scoring in the first-round series that went six games.

However, he declined a player-option for next season at $ 1.33 million to enter free agency.

The money he is projected to make next season is more than he’s compiled in his career since breaking into the league in 2005-2006 with Charlotte as an undrafted free agent.

Now, the final free agent for the Nets remains the sharp-shooting forward, Mirza Teletovic, who is a restricted free agent.

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