Over the past few weeks, there has been speculation that the Heat are looking to acquire some more size. There have been rumors from Chris Kaman to Joel Przybilla, but the newest one is Chris Andersen of the Denver Nuggets.
For those of you who don’t know, Andersen has been in the NBA for 9 seasons, but was also suspended for two for breaking the NBA’s substance abuse policy. He has been to the playoffs 4 times, including in 2009 when the Denver Nuggets made it to the conference finals for the first time. His nickname is “Birdman” because of his celebration after a big play.
So why is he a rumored Heat target? Well, it’s simple. He runs the court, blocks, and gets rebounds, three things that Heat need in a big guy. For his career, Birdman averages 5.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, and 5.4 points on 50% shooting in an average of 18 minutes per game. Denver is barely playing him this season and in Miami he would get a lot more time and be more useful. This is the type of energy the Heat need and do not have now.
Joel Anthony does the dirty work of getting rebounds and blocks, but the problem is that he is undersized. The Heat have no legitimate big man, and as we saw against the Lakers, their lack of size can end up hurting them badly. Denver is looking for expiring contracts to clear cap space, so the Heat could get away with trading Dexter Pittman or Juwan Howard since Andersen is making $4.2 million this year.
The move makes sense for both the Heat and the Nuggets. Miami would get the big man with energy that they so desperately need, while Denver would clear a ton of cap space. It also means the Eddy Curry experiment may be over soon or that Juwan sat on the bench for 2 years, instead of at home, for no reason. We will keep you updated on the latest.