Chris “Birdman” Andersen officially re-signed with the Miami Heat, the team announced. He is expected to sign a $10 million deal over two years, as first reported by ESPN’s Marc Stein.
“Chris Andersen has had two great seasons with us and without him, we would not have been able to win the 2013 NBA Championship,” said Heat President Pat Riley in a statement. “I’m happy he decided to come back and we’re looking forward to a great season from him in the power rotation.”
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.
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.