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Posted August 23, 2012 - 08:04 PM

Chris Andersen Interested In Signing With The Heat For The Veteran's Minimum

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By Ira Winderman South Florida Sun Sentinel

6:17 p.m. EDT, August 23, 2012

With a 2012-13 roster otherwise mostly completed, the Miami Heat continue to deal with their remaining sizeable issue.

Free-agent center Josh Harrellson, traded by the New York Knicks to the Houston Rockets earlier this summer and since released, confirmed on his Twitter account a workout with the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.

According to a source familiar with the situation, Harrellson is one of several big men the Heat have recently workout out.

Currently, Joel Anthony and Dexter Pittman are the only centers under contact to the Heat, although the Heat are expected to open the season with power forward Chris Bosh as their starting center, possibly with power forward Udonis Haslem as his primary backup at the position, continuing the small-ball approach the team utilized on the way to the 2012 NBA championship.

The Heat also have attracted the interest of free-agent center Chris Andersen, who recently bypassed a lucrative European offer and is believed to be amenable to a Heat offer at the NBA minimum salary, which is all the Heat, operating above the NBA salary cap, have available. Andersen was released earlier this summer by the Denver Nuggets under the league's amnesty provision that eases a team's luxury-tax liability.

On his verified Twitter account, Harrellson first posted "Miami here I come Wednesday! Let's have a good workout" followed by "Miami!!! Ready to impress!"

At 6 feet 10, 275 pounds, Harrellson would become the second-heaviest player on the Heat roster to Pittman. Currently, small forward LeBron James holds that distinction.

Harrellson, whose workout with the Heat was reported by ESPN, averaged 4.4 points and 3.9 rebounds in an average of 14.6 minutes last season as a rookie with the Knicks, shooting 20 of 59 on 3-pointers.

Other remaining free-agent candidates who could meet the Heat's apparent need for size in the middle include Darko Milicic and Andray Blatche.

Blatche, an amnesty cut by the Washington Wizards, said in a recent story in the Syracuse Post-Standard, "My dream destination right now would be back on the court. For real. Just to get back on the court. It's something I love to do. It doesn't matter if it's the Heat or the Spurs or the D-League. Whatever. As long as I’m back on the court playing ball."

The Heat also could fill out their power rotation with players already working with the team. Veteran power forward Juwan Howard was the first Heat player to return to workouts at AmericanAirlines Arena in the wake of the team's championship. Center Mickell Gladness, who began last season with the Heat before closing the season with the Golden State Warriors, played for the Heat's summer-league team in July and recently joined Heat guard Norris Cole and Heat free-agent prospects Terrel Harris and Jarvis Varnado at the NBA's rookie transition program, a mandatory program for NBA newcomers that was not held last summer because of the lockout.

The Heat currently have 13 players under guaranteed contract for the coming season: James, Dwyane Wade, Bosh, Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers, Haslem, Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis, Mike Miller, Anthony, James Jones, Cole and Dexter Pittman. Teams can carry a maximum of 20 players during the offseason and training camp, 15 during the regular season.

Heat President Pat Riley recently said he is hopeful of having a full training-camp roster in place by the end of Labor Day weekend, with training camp opening the last week of September.

iwinderman@tribune.com. Follow him at twitter.com/iraheatbeat


Edited by LALakersFan4Life, January 07, 2013 - 12:28 PM.

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Posted August 23, 2012 - 08:13 PM

What so he can sit on the bench and look like a retarded bird.

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Posted August 23, 2012 - 08:32 PM

Of course he is.

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Posted August 23, 2012 - 08:42 PM

I can't help but look at Chris and think "this guy is the epitome of an idiot".

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Posted August 23, 2012 - 10:48 PM

Cant stand this guy...


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Posted August 24, 2012 - 02:46 AM


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Posted January 07, 2013 - 12:32 PM

Heat Will Workout Free Agent Chris "Birdman" Andersen

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By Adrian Wojnarowski

In its exploration to sign a big man, the Miami Heat will work out ex-Denver Nuggets center Chris Andersen, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Andersen, famously known as "The Birdman," arrived in Miami on Monday for a physical and workouts over the next two days with the defending NBA champions, sources said.

Heat president Pat Riley has been scouring the landscape to bolster a foundering frontcourt bench and appears to be intrigued with the possibility of discovering how much Andersen, 34, has left in his game.

The Heat released center Josh Harrellson on Monday and now have two open roster spots.

At his best, Andersen, who is 6-foot-10, was one of the NBA's most active and relentless bench contributors. His array of tattoos – covering him head to toe – helped make him one of the league's most popular characters.

Andersen played 32 games for the Nuggets last season, and ultimately was waived in July using the NBA's amnesty clause. He's played parts of 10 seasons with Denver, New Orleans/Oklahoma City.

After a two-year ban for violating the NBA's drug policies between 2006 and 2008, Andersen had a terrific second act in the NBA, most notably as a key reserve on the Carmelo Anthony-led Nuggets.


Edited by LALakersFan4Life, January 07, 2013 - 12:32 PM.

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Posted January 07, 2013 - 03:46 PM

A good glue guy. For damn sure.

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