The Miami Heat have taken care of their offseason priority, re-signing free agent center Chris Anderson. The deal will only be for one year, as the Heat will look to be big time players in 2014 free agency.
Chris Andersen will sign a one-year deal to return to the Heat, league sources tell Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 10, 2013
Anderson was an integral part of the Heat’s run to a second straight championship in 2013 and was only signed midway through the season as a free agent. He brought a defensive intensity that was unmatched by anyone down low for Miami, and gave them much-needed rebounding off the bench.
I would guess Anderson might wind up starting next season after what head coach Erik Spoelstra saw out of him last year, although they could stick with Chris Bosh there instead of moving him to his more natural position at power forward.
The thing Anderson gives Spoelstra is diversity and options throughout the lineup. At times you will even see LeBron James playing power forward, or like last year in the playoffs, center at some points. Anderson, though, is a center through and through.
The Heat’s front court situation is a little more solidified now that they have brought back Anderson. Prior to his re-signing they would have only had Bosh and Udonis Haslem as their major factors down low — to Spoelstra’s delight he won’t have to worry about that now.
Anderson may be the best defensive post presence the Heat have on most nights. Bosh is fairly inconsistent all around, and on some nights is virtually non-existent. Having Anderson back will greatly benefit Miami.