According to sources confirmed at ESPN, Chris “Birdman” Andersen has decided to resign with the Miami Heat for the 2013-14 season. The Heat had made both Ray Allen and Andersen offseason priorities, and it seems as though they will be successful at retaining both players.
Andersen received larger offers from several other teams in the league, but sources close to him stated that he couldn’t bear to leave a team with such a good outlook going into next season. Although it hasn’t been stated what teams offered him larger contracts, it’s hard to imagine any other team being able to offer him not only the minutes he is seeking, but the chance to have a crucial role in attaining a three-peat.
Andersen averaged 4.9 points and 4.1 rebounds during the regular season and 6.4 points and 3.8 rebounds during the postseason for the defending champs. These may not seem like gaudy numbers, but it was the intangibles that Andersen brought on a nightly basis that made his re-acquisition such a priority. His energy, passion and aggressiveness are what made him so crucial in the Heat’s dramatic postseason run. Andersen has been able to fill a huge void in terms of frontcourt depth for the Heat. Want proof? The Heat went 51-8 when Andersen was on the court.
Now that the Heat have all but signed Andersen, it looks like the roster that won them a second consecutive title will most likely remain in tact. The Heat became a dominant force after the acquisition of Andersen midway through the 2012-13 season. Having his presence for a full season will only make the Heat more lethal.
Good luck to the rest of the league. The Birdman has returned.