Chris “Birdman” Andersen Re-Signs With Heat
A key piece of the Miami Heat’s championship team is coming back for one more season. That piece would be power forward/center Chris “Birdman” Andersen.is reporting that Andersen has signed a 1 year, $1.7M contract with the Heat.
Andersen’s contributions to the Heat were so crucial because they weren’t just tangible but also intangible. In addition to his rebounding and hustle on the court, Andersen also became a fan favorite, energizing the Miami Heat fans and giving the team an emotional boost in the process. Given that the Heat are in desperate need of big men and energy off the bench, this move really doesn’t come as a surprise or a shock. As a matter of fact, it would be a surprise if the Heat didn’t re-sign him or at least make a strong effort to do so.
That being said, this move is still a big deal due to the boost that Andersen gave the team last season. The Heat don’t have a ton of cap flexibility to add anybody that is really good, so re-signing Andersen in many ways is their big free agent signing for the summer. One thing to keep in mind is that the Heat didn’t add Andersen to their team until mid way through this past season. That means this upcoming season will be their first year with him on the team for the full season, and judging by how much he helped them, this move in and of itself could make the Heat even better next year.
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