Chris Andersen Wants to Remain in Miami
By: Pedro Heizer
It’s no secret that Chris Andersen has clearly been not only a huge boost to the Miami Heat, but he’s also become a fan favorite.
The Birdman has been providing Miami the energy and size off the bench that they have been missing since the days Alonzo Mourning came off the bench for Shaquille O’Neal.
Andersen, who averaged 4.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game on 14.9 minutes per game in the regular season, is a veteran player who can literally fly across the court, defend the rim, grab rebounds, and even score when needed. Andersen is the full package, and it will benefit Miami if they can resign the 34-year old center.
So far in the 2013 postseason, Andersen is averaging 10.3 points, 6.3 rebounds per game on 14.3 minutes per game.
The problem Miami will run into when they want to resign Birdman will be money.
As we know, Andersen was picked up mid-season on a minimum contract and is an unrestricted free agent this summer. Ideally he wants to stay with the Heat, according to reports by Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida.
Mark Bryant, agent for Chris “Birdman” Andersen, said his client wants to re-sign with the Heat this summer.
“We’re certainly hopeful,’’ Bryant told FOX Sports Florida about Andersen re-signing with the Heat. “But he’s going to finish this task first (of trying to win a title with Miami). But, absolutely, he has embraced (being with the Heat).’’
However, as with everything in the world of sports, it comes down to money. As taxpayers, the most the Heat likely will offer him is the taxpayer’s midlevel of about $3.2 million. Another team could come over the top and bid more than that. If it’s significantly more, he would have to consider it.
Then again, we can’t forget that Miami has a knack of signing players at a bargain (ie. Ray Allen, Udonis Haslem, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh) with the promise of winning the ultimate prize.
In the end, the Birdman has made a nest down here in South Beach on a team where his role is defined and he can win rings.
He stays with the Heat.