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Report: Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen agrees to multi-year deal to return to Heat

Jul 13, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

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As the Heat are face an immediate future without LeBron James, they continue to shore up the roster with reliable pieces that will maintain a certain level of continuity from the success of the recent past.

The same day Miami reportedly agreed to bring back starting point guard Mario Chalmers, they did the same with a key member of the team’s big man rotation.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Free-agent forward Chris “Birdman” Andersen has agreed on a multiyear deal to return to the Miami Heat, a league source told Yahoo Sports on Sunday.

Several teams made strong pushes for Andersen – including a late bid by the New York Knicks – but Andersen wanted to return to a roster core and franchise that will move on without LeBron James.

And from Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

Hearing Chris Andersen‘s looming new deal with Miami is a two-year pact in the neighborhood of $10 million

All of Miami’s recent contract agreements are in a slight bit of flux as to the actual dollar amount, due to the team’s salary cap machinations.

Andersen appeared in 72 regular season games for the Heat last year, and averaged 6.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots in 19.4 minutes per contest.

In addition to Andersen and Chalmers, the Heat brought back Chris Bosh, signed two-time All-Star Luol Deng, and also added Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts. Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem are both expected to agree to terms soon, and when all is said and done, Miami will still have a team that will be projected to finish as one of the East’s top four squads.

And after losing LeBron, that’s no small accomplishment.

  1. jimmy53 - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Now this, I like. I could’ve done without chalmers, but we need Birdman’s defense.

    • adoombray - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      you mean that turnstyle defense that turned Leonard into a bonafide star? Birdman’s total collapse had more to do with the Finals loss than almost anyone else other than maybe Chalmers’ “so bad that they didnt even play a point guard half the time” effort

    • theallegedone - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      For now. Til Napier takes his spot.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:56 PM

        Napier is nothing more than a back up…

        The Heat still need a real, bona fide point guard…

        Even more so now that LBJ is gone. He was a point forward and the ball went through him a lot.

        Without him, their lack of a true point guard will be felt much harder.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:21 PM

        sportsfan18 – Napier is their best pa.ssing point guard right now. His court vision and pa.ssing ability is very good. He’s a natural.

        He might be Miami’s most naturally gifted pa.sser. Maybe. Wade is still a very good pa.sser.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:22 PM

        Oh shoot… forgot about McBob. He’s a great pa.sser too.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:11 PM

      Haters gonna hate.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 15, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        nah, here is how the same folks on here responded to my same message only about 6 to 8 hrs before I said it here.

        sportsfan18 – Jul 13, 2014 at 3:01 PM
        Miami still needs a point guard.

        Theirs are all back ups at best.

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      • antistratfordian - Jul 15, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        What is that supposed to mean?

  2. thehawg - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Great job Riley! Don’t look back. Move forward.

    • kindasporty - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      By signing players that were on the roster last year.

      • bobbybouche305 - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        Napier,McRoberts, Deng.Granger, Ennis on the roster last year????idiot

  3. dezglobal - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    This was such a necessary sign for the Heat.

  4. jayhit - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Same players minus their best player would be luck to have the same results as last year as east champs! And get murdered in the finals….. but I think this is going to be the year of the Bull in the east

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      Same players minus their best player plus Deng, with three possible-to-likely additions from their last three drafts – late choices all, the curse of winning – now playing in the summer leagues and doing well for the most part. Friday afternoon, it was hard to find an expert who didn’t think the Heat would be spending years in the wilderness, with Bosh having been “reported” as sure to leave if LeBron did. Now, it’s hard to find one of the same experts who isn’t predicting the Heat to be in the playoffs. Some of these dudes should be showing signs of whiplash from having to do 180’s so fast.

    • dziner305 - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:33 AM

      Proud news for you: your team cannot even sniff 4 straight Finals appearances with back-to-back championships. Spurs vs Heat are 1-1 in Finals appearances. (20 pts average vs 4pts average don’t matter, who got the rings is all that matters,)

  5. lakerade - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    That he’s bringing back everyone else has got to feel somewhat good for Riles. Lebron “chose home” but did also leave his team for a more immediately ready team, now Riley can tout the guys who stick it out, a resilient loyalty or something.

  6. antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Another good move. Lots of continuity for Miami, but with Wade and Bosh at the top of the org chart. If you had to replace LeBron, who better to replace him with than Wade and Bosh? KD couldn’t do it, he doesn’t have the championship experience. Kobe is too selfish. Wade is like LeBron as far as their philosophical approach to dominating unselfishly.

    Wade is also adept at leading from below. Not many know how to do that. Duncan does. Dirk does. Or as Lao Tzu once said:

    “All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power. If you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them. If you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them.”

  7. csbanter - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Heat-Cavs games are going to be epic, right now they are evenly matched.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:10 AM

      Nah. They have absolutely no way to even slow LeBron, much less stop him. No Hibbert. No Duncan. No Noah or Chandler or Garnett. Nothing of that sort. LeBron can dominate the paint against them all day long. They’re going to have to send Udonis elbows after him before it gets ugly. (“sorry bro, it’s just business”)

      Another issue is LeBron is very comfortable in AA arena. Miami won’t feel much like a road game to him for a few years.

      • dziner305 - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:23 AM

        @antistrat…Where was Lebron in June 2006? I guess in was in prep school while we started our rings collection. Now he came to the real school, and he’s been sent out as a real ” Man, a Champion, and a student” with a real “King Degree” for you out there to rave about. Please thank and appreciate the Miami Heat, just like himself!

      • antistratfordian - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:26 AM

        Hey, you don’t have to tell me that. No one appreciated Miami like I did over the last 4 years (seems like I’m the only one who still appreciates Wade now). And I’m not going to say anything about how I didn’t walk out on the Heat during Game 6.

        But there is a basketball reality we’re talking about here. Miami still lacks rim protection and you need that if you’re going to deal with James. You know that.

      • dziner305 - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:44 AM

        I got you…but rim protection or not, the last time I check, it’s not like Lebron is 100% efficient in what he does. Rim protection or not, he is 2 for 5 in the Finals (2 for 11 years), bro. No discredit to him. We appreciate to a great deal all his 4 years of service with us. Hats off! In reality Antistrat…, I can take statistics and work with it. He needs a real good cast like Riley was doing in order for him to win chips. Agree or not?

      • antistratfordian - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:51 AM

        No, he doesn’t need a real good cast. He doesn’t need to be on the Spurs or on the Thunder. He just needs better teammates than the ones he had during his first go-round in Cleveland. He had that in Miami and he still has it in Cleveland.

        LeBron is 2-5 in the Finals because he’s good enough to turn non-Finals teams into Finals teams. It’s a blessing and a curse.

    • ranfan12 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:14 AM

      there’s no evenly matched with lebron on the other team lol

  8. m4a188 - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    If 80% of the team returns as from last year I think we will be in for a big surprise and they won’t do as well as some are predicting. We will see just how much Lebron was carrying this team last year.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:40 AM

      I’m interested to see how that plays out as well.

  9. thehawg - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Lost Lebron, may have a better team.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:43 AM

      I don’t think they’ll make it out of the East, there are too many teams lurking: Pacers, Wizards, Cavs, Hawks, Hornets, Bulls, and maybe the Knicks.

  10. jimeejohnson - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:05 AM

    Maybe not.

  11. zoomy123 - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:46 AM

    Imagine this: Take Miami’s current roster and exchange Luol Deng for Lebron James. You’ll immediately notice that pretty much all the problems Miami had last year they still have going into next year. 1) Point guard; 2) Perimeter defense; 3) Old Bench.

    • bobbybouche305 - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      bench is younger with Hamilton,ennis, napier, mcrob, and even granger….agreed point guard will be a prob ,but to be honest it always has since Hardaway retired, unless u want to count older payton, and older white chocolate williams….next year is when miami picks up the point guard unless by some miracle they grab bladsoe…rubio, rondo, parker,ellis, conley,dragic i think all free agents next year….the d should be slightly better with mcrob, granger, napier and deng….time will tell,but Heat will definitely be in the mix for playoffs until 2016 when Pat re does the Big 3 version 2.0

      • zoomy123 - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:52 PM

        Miami has always been an unorthodox team; since they don’t have a true center/rim protector they always used their lateral quickness on the wing via a hyper-aggressive trap defense to stop penetration before it started. Thus, Miami’s defense was built on great perimeter defense as the first line of defense. Hamilton and McRob don’t really help on the perimeter. Ennis is unproven, Granger doesn’t have any legs, Napier wasn’t even a good defender in college, and Lebron has just been exchanged for Deng, which is a wash only if you discount the fact that Deng isn’t as versatile as Lebron. Don’t really see how their defense is appreciably better than last year.

  12. rrhoe - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    So much of the Heats fortunes are tied to Wade and Bosh. If Wade continues the skipping of games there’s no LeBron to carry the load and I may be the in the minority here but I am not buying that Bosh will turn back the clock and be a dominant player again. I know all will say he sacrificed for the sake of the team but I am not buying that either,when healthy Wade was very good,he found a way to impact games. I take a healthy Wade over Bosh anyday,and now all just think Bosh gonna “turn it on” because he was being “held back” by LeBron,this the same Bosh that you all were questioning the past four years……

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:20 AM

      Some did question Bosh, while he was in LeBron’s shadow and playing out of position and still going to the All-Star game every year. I get that everyone needs a hobby, but, I mean, jeez. There’s a reason Houston busted their tail to clear cap space to try to get him. Now, please, Justin, step it up even more and lock down that 5 spot, not just because you’re looking like you can do the job, but to let Bosh go back to the 4.

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