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Chris Andersen’s people say Birdman has received offers

Aug 14, 2012, 1:59 AM EDT

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Chris Andersen is still a free agent after the Denver Nuggets used their amnesty clause on him last month. And his agent is doing his job talking to teams and spinning things positively.

Here is the latest, via Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com on twitter.

Chris Andersen has received some offers from NBA teams. He does have a favorite team he wants to play for, but his reps won’t say just yet.

Chris Andersen’s offers have been from the $1.2 to $5 million range per season.

My first thought is that if Andersen and his agent had a deal they liked, you’d be reading a team about how he is signed, not that he has options.

My second thought is he was making $4.6 million last season, Denver amnestied him and another team would jump in and $5 million? Right. Don’t think that’s an agent trying to spook other teams.

He’s likely getting a lot of minimum offers, and at that price he’s a steal. Andersen brings defense and energy to the table as a big man and there is value in that. Teams can picture him coming off the bench, blocking some shots into the third row, getting a few points and generally giving them solid minutes. That’s what he did for Denver last season — 15 minutes, 5 points, 1.4 blocks per game. And he does it efficiently, he had a PER of 18.9.

There is the question of what will happen with a police investigation — his home was searched in an “internet crimes against children” probe, one where his attorney claimed it was part of an extortion plot. However, that investigation came to light in May, if the police had hard evidence this would be beyond an ongoing investigation. That said, nobody is talking so it still looms.

Bottom line, Andersen is going to wait a while and see if a better deal comes through, and when it doesn’t he’ll take the one in front of him he likes best. So everyone waits .

  1. kvanhorn87 - Aug 14, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    There is no respectful fan base who can welcome him without some clarity from officials on the investigation. I can’t imagine how any team would go near him.

    • joegalvan02 - Aug 14, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      anderson was being extorted by an ex-fling/girlfriend. when the police ‘recovered evidence from his home’ … it was for his case against her. letters, emails, etc.

      i think the case is still pending… but he is the plaintiff.

      i doubt anyone is offering him $5m. his agent might have said mid level, referring to the mini-MLE. $3m for 1 year is reasonable for a banger that plays solid d.

      • mogogo1 - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:38 AM

        It is still pending (last update I could find was from back in May) and the authorities have done him no favors by failing to definitively clear his name. It sounds like he had a fling with a (possibly) underage chick who’d told him she was older and that her and her family tried to extort him. But the possibility still exists he’ll be charged for having sex with a minor. A GM would need to be willing to take the chance that didn’t happen because that’s the sort of press nobody needs.

  2. jolink653 - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    “My second thought is he was making $4.6 million last season, Denver amnestied him and another team would jump in and $5 million?”

    How does someone “$5 million”? Didn’t know that was a verb.

    Andersen would be a good hustle guy off the bench for someone. He can grab rebounds and provide some energy but eventually he’ll probably have to settle for the vet minimum just like all these other guys waiting for offers that aren’t there

  3. midnite2020 - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    im so sick of you 8th grade dropouts coming on nbc talk to correct people you know what he ment and how he ment to portray it read move on and ….SHUT THE HELL UP

    • bils293 - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:16 AM

      *meant

    • phaden27 - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      [I'm so sick of you 8th grade dropouts coming on ProBasketballTalk to correct people, you know what he meant and how he meant to portray it. Read it, move on, and shut the hell up!]

      There ya go little buddy, now you can re-post your hate correctly.

  4. mogogo1 - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    ” Andersen brings defense and energy to the table as a big man and there is value in that.”

    The energy part is absolutely true but his defense is pretty much limited to the shot blocks he gets coming over from the help side. That misconception is what led to Denver giving him that ridiculous contract in the first place–people look at his hustle and all the tattoos and think he’s a white version of Dennis Rodman. But he’s not a great one-on-one defender which limits his value since he’s also not a reliable scorer. He’s a very energetic role player. Fun to watch when he gets on a roll, but tough to predict when that is going to happen.

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