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Chris Andersen wants to re-sign with Miami Heat

Apr 25, 2013, 11:13 AM EDT

Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen stands on the court during a time out during their NBA basketball game against Orlando Magic in Miami Reuters

It’s all about the Benjamins.

Chris Andersen has been a big boost to the Miami Heat, providing energy and size off the bench that they need. He’s a veteran player that can defend the rim, give them a few points and, this is key, play within himself and not make mistakes.

The Heat want to keep him. But it’s always about money.

The Birdman was picked up mid-season on a minimum contract and is an unrestricted free agent this summer. Ideally he wants to stay with the Heat, reports Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida, via Sulia.

Mark Bryant, agent for Chris “Birdman” Andersen, said his client wants to re-sign with the Heat this summer.

“We’re certainly hopeful,’’ Bryant told FOX Sports Florida about Andersen re-signing with the Heat. “But he’s going to finish this task first (of trying to win a title with Miami). But, absolutely, he has embraced (being with the Heat).’’

But it comes down to money. As taxpayers the most the Heat likely will offer him is the taxpayer’s midlevel of about $3.2 million. Another team could come over the top and bid more than that. If it’s significantly more, he would have to consider it.

But that’s not likely. The outcome you should expect is that even if Andersen gets other offers they will be in the same financial ballpark and the Birdman will stick with where he is comfortable. A team where his role is defined and he can win rings. He stays with the Heat.

  1. heat256 - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    While in no way can a guy who plays 12-15 minutes a game really be credited for all the wins they have accumulated, he is a fan fave and the guys like playing with him, so re-signing him should be a given. I’d probably say maybe a 1 year deal with a team option for a 2nd.

  2. sportsnut101 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    The Knicks should try to swoop in make offer.

  3. acdc363 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    O RLY?

  4. misterdreamer119 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    danny ainge could have signed birdman or kenyon martin. We needed bigs. Why ainge? He drafts well but the free agents he gets are questionable.
    Celtics couldve had both martin and andersen.
    Smh

    • kinggw - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      Ainge could’ve signed either one of those guys but it wouldn’t have had the same effect. Fit is important. I dont think Martin would’ve done as well in Boston or Miami. And the same with Birdman in NY or Boston.

      The C’s are done, adding another old big, cause thats what Martin and Andersen are, wouldn’t have changed their situation much if at all.

  5. simonwelds - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Birds fly south for the winter hes not going anywhere

  6. spthegr8 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    SHOCKER!!!!

  7. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Andersen was sent from Heaven. The past two seasons saw the Heat go to Game 6 of the Finals and win the championship with the likes of Dexter Pittman, Erick Dampier, Joel Anthony, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and Rony Turiaf in STARTING roles for the Heat at the 5 during the playoffs. None of those guys can play (sorry, Joel. I love you and all but it’s no coincidence you know).

    2012 Heat would not have a prayer against the 2013 Heat. Birdman is a huge part of that.

  8. michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Does The Heat have Andersen’s “Bird Rights”?

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      HA.

      And they have his early-Bird rights. Read the post.

      • michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        Sorry Kurt, once I thought of the joke I couldn’t stop to read the article first.

        I love Birdman. I called for Miami to pick him up as soon as he was amnestied. I know he had legal issues hanging over him, but obviously it was a good decision for them. He has 31 points & 19 rebounds in 43 playoff minutes; I don’t think Joel Anthony has scored 31 in 3 consecutive games at any point in his career.

  9. badintent - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    he’s stays in NO state income tax Florida. Bet the house on it.And he can go fishing on LBJ ‘s mega yachet.

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