It looked at one point like Chris Andersen’s NBA career might be over, after the Denver Nuggets cut the energetic big man, but the Miami Heat took a minimal chance and signed him mid-season and it paid huge dividends in the Playoffs as he was efficient off the bench.
Being an integral part to the Heat’s bench rotation in this season’s championship run, the team has offered to bring Birdman back, and although it will be less than other teams can offer he is still collecting from the Nuggets after being cut. Plus, his championship photo is one of the best of the season, so Birdman probably wants a chance and getting his second chip.
The Miami Heat were working with free agent Chris Andersen on Tuesday night to finalize a contract for the energetic and colorful center to return to the two-time defending NBAchampions. [...]
While Andersen will return on a minimal deal, less than he was offered by other suitors, some of that lost income will be offset by the $4.8 million he still is owed for 2013-14 by the Denver Nuggets, who released Andersen last July under the "amnesty" program utilized to ease teams' obligations under the NBA's onerous luxury tax.