The Miami Heat are moving quickly to fill up at least one of their two open roster spots by reportedly bringing in free agent center Chris Andersen today for workouts.
This is the second time that the Heat have brought in Andersen, nicknamed the ’Birdman,’ for workouts. Last off-season he was one of few candidates that came to Miami for a chance at a training camp invite, which eventually went to Josh Harrellson who was waived by the team today. Andersen is seen as a possible solution to the Heat’s rebounding problem that have been openly exposed recently. He is also known as a solid defender and shot blocker coming off the bench. Should Andersen impress the Heat in the workouts the next step would be a physical before being offered a contract.
Andersen has had off the court issues that could alarm Heat team president Pat Riley. He was suspended for two years by the NBA for violation of the league’s anti-drug policy from 2006 to 2008. Last season he was implicated in an alleged case of possession of child pornography in his home. Though he was never charged in the case the scandal was a factor in Andersen’s last team, the Denver Nuggets, releasing him via their amnesty clause.
Should Andersen sign with Miami, he will the latest of many reclamation projects Riley has taken on in his tenure with the Heat.
Known for the visibility and colorful display of his tattoos along with a mo-hawk like hairstyle, Andersen was one of the NBA’s most popular characters. His best career stretch came during his second stint as a Nugget in the Carmelo Anthony era.