When Chris Andersen signed with the Miami Heat last month, it was understood that his series of 10 day contracts would be a short audition.
Andersen passed the audition with flying colors, as today the Miami Heat announced via their Twitter feed that The Birdman has been signed for the remainder of the season.
OFFICIAL: The @miamiheat have signed Chris Andersen for the remainder of the season.
— Miami HEAT
In his six games with the Heat already, Andersen has averaged 10.8 minutes per game, tallying up an average of 3.7 points and four rebounds per game. However Andersen’s impact on the Heat isn’t measured in the stats he records, but rather the energy that he has bought to the court.
It’s clear that as of right now Andersen still isn’t 100 percent as far as being in game shape, as he is often winded after the short bursts of minutes he plays. Despite that, he has served as both an offensive and defensive spark in Miami’s lineup, and while correlation doesn’t equate to causation, the Heat are 5-1 in the six games he had played since signing with Miami (Miami has played a total of eight games since Andersen’s signing on January 21st, going 1-1 in the games he hasn’t played).
Andersen has also seen his minutes go up since signing with the Heat, with his season-high coming against the Charlotte Bobcats on February 4th. Andersen would play 16 minutes in that game and score four points to go along with six rebounds, an assist and a steal.
The rest of the regular season will likely see Andersen continue to work his way further into Miami’s rotation, with Andersen’s true value coming in the post-season.
The signing also brings Miami up to a full roster of 15 contracts for the season, as Jarvis Varnado signed a contract for the remainder of the season on January 29th (via probasketballtalk.com) after he had signed two 10-day contracts with the ballclub.