Miami Heat Sign Chris Andersen For The Season
The Miami Heat announced today that power forward/center Chris Andersen will be signed by the team for the rest of this season.
Andersen was originally signed by the Heat to a 10-day contract on Jan. 20 and his contract was extended for another 10 days after that. Birdman has played well enough to convince the Heat that he can be an asset to the team moving forward.
So far Andersen has managed to provide a nice spark for Miami in his short stints off the bench. The 34-year-old veteran is still not back in solid shape, as he has been away from NBA basketball since the Denver Nuggets waived him last summer via the amnesty clause. Andersen has appeared in six out of eight possible games and has played double digit minutes in Miami’s last five games.
The 6-foot-10 Andersen was assigned to a tough two-a-day training program, which was designed to get the big man back into shape. As he continues to work his way back, the coaching staff will look to increase his role in the rotation. Birdman has averaged 20 minutes per game in several seasons in his career, and could very well shoulder a similar work load for Miami.
He is expected to bring energy, hustle and rebounding off the bench. Joel Anthony has filled that gap for the past couple of years, but he has seen limited minutes this season and Andersen brings more versatility to the table.
In his six appearances for the Heat, Andersen is averaging 3.7 points and 4 rebounds in 10.8 minutes per game.
Vytis is a Miami Heat columnist for RantSports.com. You can follow him on twitter here: @VytisLasaitis