The Miami Heat who’ve needed some help in the frontcourt, have taken a chance on Chris Andersen. Read more after the jump.
After working Chris Andersen out, and telling him to hang tight if possible, the Heat added the veteran center/forward to the roster on a 10-day contract Sunday morning. It did so while signing Jarvis Varnado to a second 10-day contract, and passing on Josh Harrellson, who was interested in pursuing more playing time elsewhere.
When he was in his post-suspension prime, the colorful Andersen (“the Bird Man”) was a high-energy shotblocker and rebounder, but he fell out of the Denver rotation upon the emergence of double-double man Kenneth Faried, and he hasn’t played in a game in nearly a year.
The Heat has been terribly outrebounded by teams and will need what Andersen was once able to provide. The 10-day contract allows them to see what he still has left in the tank and if it doesn’t work out they can always move on (Kenyon Martin is still available).