Apr 23, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen (11) reacts against the Charlotte Bobcats in game two during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Andersen, Miami Heat Agree on Multi-Year Contract

[UPDATE: 11:11 PM ET] ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting that Andersen’s deal will be around the $10 million range over two years.


Chris Andersen and the Miami Heat have reached an agreement to keep the Birdman in South Beach, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

Several teams were reportedly interested in Andersen, but he ultimately returned to the team that gave him his chance at his NBA comeback.

He has been an important part of Miami’s front court since signing in 2012, when he was brought on mid-season and played a memorable role in helping a Bosh-less Heat team get past the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Having the fan-favorite Birdman back in Miami should be key in helping Chris Bosh take over as Miami’s No. 1 scoring option.

Andersen and Bosh had success playing together, but the pair played less than 400 minutes all season (compared to Bosh and Shane Battier logging more than a thousand minutes on the court together).

Meanwhile, Chris and Chris were the best defensive pair of all two-man lineups that logged at least 300 minutes, and were plus-13.4 points per 100 possessions (third among pairs on the team).

Giving the two big men more time on the court together in something that Erik Spoelstra should consider, especially considering that going small will not be as effective without LeBron James to facilitate and score from the post.

After last season, the 36-year-old center opted out of the final year of his contract in which he was due the league’s veteran minimum of $1,448,490.

Also on Sunday, the Heat agreed on a two-year deal to bring back Mario Chalmers.


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  • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

    With McRoberts providing more physicality than Battier or Lewis and more length than Haslem, I would expect Miami to utilize “two big” lineups much more often this year. Would love to see them find a traditional center to create a four man power rotation with none of them below 6’10″.

    • http://www.goodshepherdamericanbullies.com Goodshepherd Americanbullies

      Be awesome if Riley could bring in that big man from Detroit. Monroe or sumthin like that

      • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

        Ain’t happening. Detroit plans to match any offers, and Miami doesn’t have the cap space to even test if they would match a max deal.

        • Z….

          what about Emeka Okafor. He missed last year with a herniated disk in his neck, so I dont know how healthy he is moving forward, but he would be a great fit, and presumably wouldnt cost nearly as much as his recent expired contract…We also need another wing player or 2

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            Okafor, Blatche, and Humphries would be my three top candidates to slot into the room exception at this point. I think having a “true” center to allow Bosh to slide back to the 4 would be huge.

            They plan to have Ennis on board apparently, so there’s one wing player down. Jordan Crawford is a name that Ira Winderman has tossed out as a nice hypothetical pickup.

          • Z….

            I havent seen anyone that they’re connected to at this point. I would hope they are looking into Okafor

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            I haven’t heard any rumors either. Agreed on Okafor. If his neck is safe for him to play, then he should be perfectly able to play at something close to his old level after knocking some rust off.

          • Z….

            Shawn Marion/Al Farouq Aminu would be decent minimum signings (dont think Marion would take that though) if we cant make a better move on the wing. We need shooters and athletic players. Crawford kind of fits that, but I’m not sure about him defensively

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            I think the best case scenario on the wing is that Ennis ends up being a sparkplug on defense, races the floor on offense, and knocks down open threes.

            The guy has freaky long arms and was dominant in the Australian league last year. I’m hoping that translates to quality role player in the NBA.