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Report: “Birdman” Chris Andersen to workout for Heat

Jan 7, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT


Miami has some rebounding issues. And while you can certainly make the case that rebounding is about effort (think Reggie Evans or Anderson Varejao or Dennis Rodman) it also doesn’t hurt to have some size.

So the Heat are going to take a look at a guy known for size and effort (and tattoos) — “Birdman” Chris Andersen. So reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network.

Andersen, famously known as “The Birdman,” arrived in Miami on Monday for a physical and workouts over the next two days with the defending NBA champions, sources said.

Heat president Pat Riley has been scouring the landscape to bolster a foundering frontcourt bench and appears to be intrigued with the possibility of discovering how much Andersen, 34, has left in his game.

Miami has room on the roster, they are down to 13 after releasing Josh Harrellson on Monday.

Andersen was with the Nuggets last season and played just 32 games, and played pretty well in limited minutes. He’s a good rebounder and last season grabbed 17.8 percent of the available boards while he was on the floor. He was let go by the team under the amnesty rule last summer and is a free agent. While he faced some legal questions, no charges have been filed against him.

How much Andersen can help is up for debate, but there are not a lot of good big men just hanging around wanting to get paid. It may be worth it to see if the once productive player has anything left in the tank.

  1. miamatt - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Worth a look. Terrell Harris and Josh Harrelson weren’t playing anyway. If birdman looks like he has something left, sign him. If not, you can always re-sign the young guys you just released, or try other end-of-the-bench fodder on for size.

  2. digitalpoo - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Hide your kids Miami.

    • fm31970 - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      I hope you are never accused of a crime you have never been charged for. Pathetic.

      Glad to see Chris might get an opportunity, as rebounding is what he does best, and on the Heat, he’ll rarely have/need to shoot the ball.

      • hojo20 - Jan 7, 2013 at 6:54 PM

        He’ll look great with all those tats in the nursing home.

      • michaeljordanseviltwin - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        Marvin Harrison wasn’t charged with a crime either… but come on.

  3. mogogo1 - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Surprised nobody has signed him before now. If he’s healthy he can help on the boards and with hustle. His “legal problems” as the article calls them were kind of bizarre and since no charges have been filed by now, none likely ever will be. (It was initially reported he was in trouble for messing around with an underage chick, but later it came out the girl…possibly underage, or maybe not…was trying to extort money from him.)

    • senorpapino - Jan 7, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      Yep compared to what some other athletes have been convicted of like Donte Stallworth, Leonard Little, etc., its surprising that Birdman hasn’t gotten a look. He’s good on the boards and brings energy.

      • eventhorizon04 - Jan 7, 2013 at 7:37 PM

        Teams were waiting to see if charges would eventually be filed.

        It’s basically reached the point where it’s unlikely he’ll ever be charged, given how long it’s been.

        And he gives a team terrific rebounding and good effort on defense.

    • badintent - Jan 8, 2013 at 1:56 AM

      That nasty slimy noise is Gloria Allred and her “Save the Hoes ” Pink Code battalion. One would think every NBA baller would have a bodyguard to card all these social climbers, gold diggers,grifters , con artists, etc. Just ask Dirk bout his last girlfriend before he got married to someone else.

      Good luck Birdman , fly high

  4. djjackson81 - Jan 7, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Crash the glass homie get that money

  5. bengzki - Jan 7, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Finally! A player who simply loves to rebound and play defense! Just what the Heat needs, hope it all ends well.

  6. dko83 - Jan 8, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    Don’t have to worry about a relapse with this one b/c there are no drugs or temptations in Miami whatsoever.

  7. michaeljordanseviltwin - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    YEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS!! I was pulling for this since the off season. Birdman is a tough bastard and perfect to take over the Haslem role (since Haslem is aging) of defensive enforcer. Might as well put “Thug” on the back of Birdman’s Heat jersey.

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