There’s a good chance this offseason that the Miami Heat fervently attempt to re-sign Chris Anderson, a big man who thrived off of the bench in South Beach.
If the Heat can’t get a deal done, though, the Los Angeles Lakers should put just as much effort in trying to bring Birdman to the West Coast.
With Dwight Howard potentially jumping ship and signing elsewhere this offseason, the Lakers are going to need help with their frontcourt. If Howard leaves, Pau Gasol will likely stay, but that leaves only Jordan Hill and rookie Ryan Kelly as the remaining big men on the roster. Earl Clark has stated that he wants to be back with the Lakers in 2013-2014, but could change his mind once free agency opens.
If the Lakers went out and grabbed Anderson, they’d be getting an outstanding frontcourt role player who could make an immediate impact for the purple and gold. Not only is he a tenacious defender who plays the boards well and guards the rim like a bulldog, but he also shines on the offensive side of the court.
In a lineup that would consist of Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, Anderson would give opposing defenses headaches as a pick-and-roll man. Apart from injuries, a big part of why Nash struggled in 2012-2013 was due to his lack of consistent targets to pass to on the interior. With Anderson in the mix, the veteran point guard would have a reason to let his playmaking side loose.
It’s a bit of a stretch considering that Anderson has to slip through Miami’s hands first, but if he hits the open market, the Lakers better be at his door step.