ORLANDO, Fla., July 9 (UPI) -- Power forward Ryan Anderson says he felt a wide array of emotions when he learned he was being traded from Orlando to New Orleans.
The sign-and-trade deal won't be official until the NBA moratorium period ends Wednesday, Anderson told the Orlando Sentinel Sunday night that while he loved it in Florida, he's excited about the future.
"I'm feeling a bit of shock. I'm feeling excitement. I'm feeling a bit of nervousness," he said. "Obviously, when you think about change, you automatically think about all the things that you're going to miss.
"In Orlando, there's so many amazing things and so many amazing people that I got to know. It was such a blessing to be there. But it's a business, and I'm incredibly excited to be a part of an organization that's rebuilding and that's building up, and that could be really good. I think they have some great draft picks. They're starting a trend where they can win, and that's fun to me. I want to be a part of a team that can win."
This past season, his third with Orlando after one year in New Jersey, Anderson averaged 16.1 points and 7.7 rebounds, earning the league's most-improved player award.