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David Andersen
David Andersen
Position: None
Born: 06/23/80
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:244 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
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David Andersen has a master plan for the coming year and it involves a FIBA World Cup medal and a return to the NBA. The 34-year-old centre will enter his fifth major tournament when the Boomers tip-off their World Cup campaign against Slovenia in Spain in the early hours of Sunday morning. After a hiatus in the second half of last year to rest his body, Andersen played the end of the European season with SIG Strasbourg in the French league and is primed to play a key role for the Boomers where he will start at power forward and be a major cog in the team’s offence where his shooting and poise will be needed.
“I’ve been looking in Europe, it’s a place where I obviously have some appeal because I’ve played there for many years and won many championships,” Andersen said. “I’d like to get on a Euroleague team and play somewhere where we can compete for some titles.” The NBA also remains a possibility and Andersen would jump at the chance to return to the US. “My US manager Leon Rose said there is some interest, but there would need to be injuries or a team that needs me,” Andersen said.
Andersen has continued to field calls from major clubs and in early February the 211-centimetre centre expects to sign with an NBA or Euroleague side and play out the current season. He last played with Turkish giant Fenerbahce in the 2012-2013 season, winning the most valuable player award in its Turkish Cup win. After spending too much time on the bench in his last NBA stint with New Orleans and Toronto, Andersen said his best offers would probably come from Europe.
Even though he was away from the NBA, Andersen is hopeful the year he had in Italy garnered some attention among NBA personnel execs. “Well, you have to think they noticed,” Andersen said. “We won the championship in the Italian League, which is a pretty big deal. So to be able to play on a team like that and help a team like that win at that level, with all the scouting that goes on, I am sure that it got noticed to an extent. But of course those guys had the lockout and all the worries about getting their league started and the compressed schedule. So all you can do is hope and see what happens.”
Andersen knows a bit about the NBA. He was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks back in 2002, but stayed overseas until ’09, when he was signed by the Houston Rockets. He established himself as a sweet-shooting big man, but was unable to get consistent minutes in two years split among the Rockets, Toronto Raptors and New Orleans Hornets. He would welcome a return to the NBA. “My agent is working pretty hard on some things now, and he is just going to keep talking to some teams to see if something pops up,” Andersen told Sporting News on Tuesday, just before Australia’s practice in preparation for the Americans. “Of course, I would like to go back to the NBA, but if not, I will go back to another team in Europe. I am certainly not going to complain about it. I am playing basketball for a living, and that’s always fun.”
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After the loss against Brazil, David Andersen said that he will decide his future after London. ‘I will decide my future after the Olympic Games. My agents are talking with Real Madrid too’ said Andersen to Luca Chiabotti. Andersen has two years remaining on his contract with Siena with buyout just for the NBA. Any European team who wants him has to reach am agreement with Mens Sana too. Fenerbahce is interested as well in Andersen.
Montepaschi would bring him back as replacement of the captain, Shaun Stonerook, who will turn 35. Kangur averaged 9.8ppg and 5.4rpg in his first full season in Italy (he finished the season 2009-10 with Virtus Bologna). But the main target for the summer market is to bring back David Andersen. The Australian center spent the season in NBA between Toronto Raptors and New Orleans Hornets playing 40 games averaging 3.4ppg and 2.1rpg in less than 10 minutes per game). David Andersen is also targeted by Olympiacos who offers him more money than Siena, money that did not help Reds to win in the last years.
According to the Greek sports newspaper Protathlitis, Dusan Ivkovic wants David Andersen(2.11-PF/C) to play for him once again. The 2 of them worked together in CSKA Moscow and Andersen is almost at the end of his contract in the NBA after he’s been traded around and ended up with the New Orlean Hornets. Andersen’s contract makes him 2.5 million dollars, which is money that Olympiacos could easily afford for that kind of player. Andersen has a Danish passport too so that makes him even more appealing for European teams and in Olympiacos they’re looking for another worthy player for their front-line. Andersen has averaged 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 28 games in the Hornets and it seems that he won’t get another option in his contract with them. This will open up the doors of the free agent market for him and the most lucrative contracts will come from the other side of the Atlantic.
Bogut’s representatives are in talks with BA about insurance, an issue that could also affect forward David Andersen and starting point guard Patty Mills, who also play in the NBA. If the lockout is still in force by September, Bogut has asked BA to pick up the costly insurance for the qualifying series which will decide if the Boomers go to the London Olympics. ”I definitely want to play for my country,” he said. ”In the past, BA has just piggy-backed on the Bucks’ insurance policy and paid a small portion of it while I’m playing for the Boomers. ”But with the lockout, I technically won’t have a contract and the Bucks’ insurance won’t cover me.”
They must decide if they are going to bring back forward Carl Landry and guard Willie Green, who will both become free agents. Backup center Aaron Gray also can opt of his deal to pursue free agency. Jason Smith, David Andersen and Belinelli will become free agents. Also, Demps and Williams must wait to see if West re-signs or opts of his current deal. Coming off knee surgery, West may not draw a contract offer better than the $7.5 million he is scheduled to make next season if he does not opt out. “I think you always look at opportunities to get better,’’ Demps said Friday. “But again, from where started to where we finished, I think we’re in the right direction, and we want to build off that.’’ After completing their physicals and exit interviews Friday morning, most of the Hornets’ players refrained from specifying needs the team should address through free agency or trades. “Obviously, we came up short,’’ backup guard Jarrett Jack said. “A couple of reasons were pretty obvious. I’m sure Coach and Dell will do the necessary things to make us a more competitive ballclub.’’
NBA sources say the New Orleans Hornets and Sacramento Kings have reached an agreement on a deal that would send away Marcus Thornton and David Andersen for forward Carl Landry. According to the source, the deal should be finalized today after particulars of the deal are ironed out. Thornton, a second-year forward out of LSU, became an immediate fan favorite due to his strong rookie performance and ties to the area.
Problems with his travel visa will prevent newly acquired center/forward David Andersen from joining the New Orleans Hornets until Friday night’s game in Portland, the team said Wednesday night, while Marcus Banks, also obtained in Saturday’s trade with Toronto, will not be a part of the team at all. Banks, whose $4.752 million contract – the last year of his deal – will continue to count against the Hornets’ salary structure, has decided on the advice of his representatives and the Hornets’ front office, not to report to the team.