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Heat Should Sign Chris Andersen to Full Contract Regardless of Play
It would be an understatement to say Heat fans are excited about Miami’s matchup with Toronto.
The first and foremost reason is to see their new addition Chris Andersen suit up off the bench, and hopefully provide hustle, energy and interior intensity the team is sorely lacking.
However, should the situation arise that Andersen is unable to live up to expectations, Pat Riley and co. need to sign the veteran center regardless.
The primary reason for adding Andersen is Miami’s trouble rebounding the basketball. This doesn’t stem from one end of the floor, but rather an overall issue game-to-game.
The Heat currently rank dead last in rebounds per game as well as offensive rebounds per game. They are 15th in the league in terms of defensive rebounding, which can be attributed to their excellent defense on the floor.
Yet, this ranking can certainly be improved by adding Andersen. His energetic play made him a fan favorite in Denver, as well as his colorful array of tattoos and often alarming hairstyles.
The “Birdman” averaged 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks off the bench in 15.2 minutes last season, which may or may not be a similar role he sees with the Heat.
Depending on where coach Erik Spoelstra inserts Andersen in the rotation, he could see a plethora of minutes or ride the pine through the rest of his 10-day contract.
BY JOSHUA J VANNUCCINI