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Chris Andersen ‘absolutely’ wants to re-sign with Heat, says agent

Jun 24, 2013, 10:24 PM EDT

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Not long ago, Chris Andersen was seen as a pariah. He was banned from the NBA for at least two years for violating the NBA’s drug policy in 2006, and, though he never faced charges, he was investigated for child pornography last year (that turned out to be an apparent extortion attempt).

But the Heat took a chance on him in January with a 10-day contract, then another and, eventually, a contract through the rest of the season.

Andersen respond in a big way. He had arguably the best regular-season per-minute production of his career, and then – even considering his foolish Game 6 suspension in the Eastern Conference Finals and getting benched during the NBA Finals – he followed it with an even better playoff run. In the postseason, Andersen shot a red-hot 81 percent.

This is often the time players like Andersen, who will become a free agent this offseason, attempt to cash in for a bigger contract. But that might not be his approach.

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Andersen’s agent confirmed to FOX Sports Florida the Birdman wants to re-sign with the Heat.

“He put it clearly,’’ said Mark Bryant. “(The Heat) gave him an opportunity and he absolutely wants to come back.’’

Of course, players almost always say they want to stay with their current team. It doesn’t always come true.

But I think it will be true for Andersen for a few reasons.

1. His agent sounds awfully emphatic.

2. Andersen just won a title, and that always leaves a positive taste in a player’s mouth.

3. The Heat truly gave Andersen an opportunity he probably wouldn’t have received from any other NBA team, a chance to play this season.

4. Andersen might not get the big-money offers that usually convince players in his boat to sign elsewhere. He turns 35 in a couple weeks, so non-contending teams probably won’t have interest. Many contenders don’t have the cap room to spend considerably more than the Heat – the difference between the taxpayer mid-level exception and the portion of the non-taxpayer Andersen could get probably isn’t significant enough to turn him – and everyone will see him how the Heat do: a cheap big man who provides great value in a specific role but probably can’t do much else.

Andersen fits very well with the Heat, and although most free agents are more unpredictable at this time of year, he’ll probably re-sign in Miami.

  1. dolphindubs - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Great chemistry fit too. Gotta resign the Birdman!

  2. badintent - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Like going back to Joel Anthony is a better option ? hell no .Even Haslem is too old, too small and had only one really good game in the post season. No brainer for both sides. Riley will throw in a bottle of gel with the new contract.

  3. stoptrippn - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Enforcer. Lebron loves the way he plays

  4. scdocal - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    I love how the writer wrote he was investigated for child pornography but didn’t mention anything about the extortion attempt. Don’t think an nba team would sign a petophile. Good for Chris Anderson that he got his 2 nd chance and made the most of it.

  5. thekingdave - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Of course he does, but is there room for him? As usual, Miami will be able to cherry pick any veteran it wants who’s already made plenty of dough and sign him to the veteran minimum.

  6. whitdog23 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    nice grammar in headline. SMH

  7. terrellowens81 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Birdman Birdman

  8. jayzus - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Isn’t he also still making money from his previous contract?

  9. jjones314 - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    In Shaq voice “Birdman Birdman”

  10. iwillfindyou - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    The tattood goon. Go back to shooting heroin punk

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