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The Birdman would play for veteran minimum… in New York?

Aug 4, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT


Tattoo artists of New York, don’t get your hopes up too high yet, but a big new canvas could be coming to town… if you can find some space on it.

But like we said, don’t get your hopes up yet. We’re a long way from knowing how this story ends.

Chris Andersen — the Birdman — is still out there as a free agent power forward after being amnestied by the Denver Nuggets. And Andersen is willing to play for the veteran’s minimum, a source told Jared Zwerling of

So who could use a shot blocking veteran big man who can score a little to come off the bench, and do so on the cheap?

The Knicks could. They are talking about adding a four to the roster, someone who can spell Amare Stoudemire and can play along side Carmelo Anthony. Ideally they would like Kenyon Martin but he wants more than the veteran minimum and that is all the Knicks can offer.

But the Birdman, he could be a fallback guy, Zwerling suggests. And Andersen likes the idea of playing in New York, where he could team up with Denver buddy J.R. Smith. He’s played with ‘Melo before as well. If not the Birdman, the Knicks could go with Andray Blatche, Louis Amundson or D.J. White.

But Andersen is represented by CAA, the firm that represents six Knicks (including Carmelo Anthony and coach Mike Woodson). So that’s a leg up. Actually with the Knicks having CAA involved is like giving Usain Bolt a 10-yard head start.

Before you ask Knicks fans, yes there are already 15 guys on your roster, which is the max. But Chris Smith (brother of J.R. Smith) has a partially guaranteed contract, which means he can be cut during camp. Zwerling said expect that to happen the Knicks to try and sign the Smith to a D-League contract.

  1. gmsalpha - Aug 4, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    I hope the Knicks do their due diligence on this guy. Spelling “free” correctly on your neck tattoo is one thing. Spelling Amare Stoudemire is another thing entirely.

  2. dls612 - Aug 4, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    The Knicks are become the Denver Nuggets and the Denver Nuggets are becoming the New York Knicks.

    • knightrider1755 - Aug 5, 2012 at 8:16 AM

      Who’s next George Karl?

  3. koolfootball - Aug 4, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Sounds like a great idea. I think they should sign a pedophile!!

  4. isujames - Aug 4, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Go team up with his drinking buddy mello in NY.

  5. cacsemo - Aug 4, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    the knicks are taking all the players away from that nuggets championship team a few years back…oh wait…nuggets were just an average team, guess thats what the knicks want to be for all that money….average

    • saint1997 - Aug 4, 2012 at 10:43 PM

      now i have to know you exist in the world

    • demo3356 - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      The Knicks are a much better team than that Nuggets team was. They have STAT and Tyson Chandler. They also have depth everywhere on the Roster. They still are not going to beat the Heat, but they have improved this off season and added several pieces that fit what Woody is trying to do.They will be a 3-5 seed next year which is better than anything they have done since Ewing Played there. As a Knicks fan I’m happy..

  6. jag8r904 - Aug 4, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    So did his charges get dropped?

  7. freemantowilliams - Aug 5, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    See that America? White guy being investigated for child porn and not a single mention.

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      We have reported on that investigation multiple times, but as someone who covered a crime beat for years let me tell you that an investigation that has gone on this long and not led to charges usually has some real flaws/questions. It is not the norm.

  8. lakerluver - Aug 5, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    He has the most colorful and detailed tats I’ve ever seen!

  9. demo3356 - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    I’d rather have KMart but the Knicks could do worse.. The guy would fill in nicely for STAT and bring some energy off the Bench with Smith

  10. adiddie - Aug 5, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Isn’t he a pederass

  11. seanb20124 - Aug 5, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Thought he would be in the custody of the BOP by now??

  12. jolink653 - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Why was Andrey Blatche mentioned in this article? Every Knicks fan who saw that name in connection with the team just shuddered a little bit, as would fans of any other team

    Birdman would be a nice fit here…He can bring energy off the bench and provide some toughness and rebounding inside, and also become a fan-favorite like he did in Denver…All things being equal I’d probably prefer Kenyon Martin if he would settle for the veteran’s minimum, but Andersen would be good too

  13. hartdaddy - Aug 6, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Just get K-Mart, he’s only getting min offers. Please dont sign Anderson.

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