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Birdman Flies South for Season: What Are the Miami Heat’s Plans for Andersen?
They say that birds fly south for the winter. Apparently it’s true in the NBA as well.
Out of work since the spring – we really hadn’t heard anything from him since what turned out to be a bogus child crimes internet investigation ran him out of Denver during the playoffs last May – Chris “Birdman” Andersen has landed, at least for now, on South Beach.
The question is: how long until he flies the coop?
When the Miami Heat signed the 6-foot-10 Andersen Jan. 20, the idea was for him to help rebound. Miami has been outrebounded on an average of two boards per game this year.
The Heat’s 39.43 rebounds per game rank last in the NBA. Minus a true center – or at least a dominant big man on the blocks – the Birdman was supposed to bang with the big bodies.
He is a career 5.2 rebounds per game power forward-center. His best season on the boards came in 2009-10 when he grabbed 6.4 rebounds per game.
Miami inked him to a 10-day contract when Andersen first landed in South Florida. Used sparingly since, the Heat signed him to a second 10-day deal this week – the last time the organization is permitted to do so as mandated by league rules.
So why not turn him loose? What do they have to lose?
Earlier this year, rumors circulated about the possibility of the Heat trading Chris Bosh, who averages 7.4 rebounds per game, which is second on the team behind LeBron James’ 8.3.
By Jim McCurdy