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Nuggets amnesty Chris Andersen; Clippers amnesty Gomes

Jul 18, 2012, 12:58 AM EDT

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The Birdman flies free.

And so does Ryan Gomes.

Well, kind of. The Denver Nuggets put in the paperwork to amnesty Chris Andersen — nicknamed the “Birdman” — about 30 minutes before the deadline, reports the Denver Post. The Clippers also decided to use their amnesty on Ryan Gomes, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In both cases this is about freeing up money for other players.

In the Nuggets case, they want to sign Anthony Randolph as a free agent — they flew him out to Las Vegas and he met with Nuggets brass Tuesday — but to do that they needed to free up some money. By using the amnesty clause on Andersen the Nuggets save $9.3 million.

With Gomes out it frees up $4 million, allowing the Clippers to offer a two-year deal to Grant Hill.

In both cases these are veteran role players that still have some value to teams in the NBA. Plus, if your team is below its tattoo quota Andersen can get you over the top quickly.

Teams below the salary cap can bid to take over a portion of Gomes and Andersen’s contracts (the players will get their full contractual amount, the Clippers and Nuggets will pick up the remaining portion). Teams have 48 hours from tonight to do that.

  1. mydadyourmom - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Whatever happened to the nasty Birdman scandal from a few months back?

    • knightrider1755 - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:21 AM

      That’s the real reason he’s being dumped. Kiddie porn.

  2. rickyspanish - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:51 AM


    Good question. I’m headed to google post haste.

  3. pcase27 - Jul 18, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    He was set up

    • knightrider1755 - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:23 AM

      Yeah so was Sandusky.

  4. rickyspanish - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:31 AM


    You are correct, Andersen’s lawyer says he was extorted by a female fan. God I hope that’s the truth, the crimes he was accused of were most heinous.

    • knightrider1755 - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:22 AM

      Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire.

  5. hojo20 - Jul 18, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    Where can the Birdman find a job once he’s out if the NBA? Those tats might hurt him in a job interview.

    • gmsalpha - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      He’s not adhering to the Disney Look. I guess he won’t be an attractions attendant at Splash Mountain anytime soon.

  6. mqcarpenter - Jul 18, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    I saw a guy last week that was tatted cheeks and forehead and beyond. He did not look like he had basketball skills so I have no idea what he will do

  7. homelanddefense - Jul 18, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    either one of these guys would be a nice fit for the Celtics if they wanted to sign on the cheap

  8. mcqphx - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Headlines Coming Soon:
    Jail Bird
    Dirty Birdie
    Broken Wing
    The Bird Cage
    From the birdhouse to the big house
    This is no Yolk
    Angry Bird

  9. cantonbound13 - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Anderson is creepy

  10. 00maltliquor - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    No really, what happend to the Pervman scandal?? There was never any follow up to it anywhere and that’s been a question on my mind for weeks, does anyone have any info on it?

  11. bossaliniee - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    I wonder why they failed to bring up the fact that he’s a perve.

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