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Miami Heat: Chris Andersen Must Be Re-Signed

 

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The Miami Heat figure to be relatively quiet during the summer of 2013 in terms of free agency goes. Not having a ton of cap space to work with plays a big part in that. Oh, and they’re coming off back-to-back championships — that sort of says something.

It’s not like the Heat necessarily need to do anything at this point, but one or two small moves may be in order. The first move, though, must be to bring back center Chris Andersen.

Last season when the Heat picked him up as a free agent mid-season, Andersen came in and gave them a lift they hadn’t had down low up to that point. He provided not only rebounding but a bit of scoring as well in limited minutes.

When so much focus was on LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, Andersen had his opportunities every once and a while to make a difference in the post offensively. What cannot be overlooked though, is his defensive presence.

Chris Bosh isn’t the nearly the rebounder Miami would like him to be, nor can he defend like he should be able to with his athleticism. You could say Anderson was signed to do the things Bosh can’t do for about 5-10 percent of the pay.

During the 2013 NBA Playoffs, Andersen averaged over a block per game and was a much better rim protector than Bosh or even Udonis Haslem. To have him for another season in its entirety would be a big lift to the Heat in efforts to complete their ‘three peat’ in 2014. Getting this deal done should be their number one priority in the immediate future.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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