HoopsHype Chris Andersen rumors

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Andersen, meanwhile, becomes a free agent July 1. And the Heat has a Sunday deadline for its option on the $4 million due to point guard Mario Chalmers for the final year of his contract. "I know we have a few guys that have player options, team options, unrestricted free agents," said James, the Finals MVP. "We have a great team. We have a great nucleus, even with some of the guys that didn't play, just the camaraderie that they bring to our locker room. So we'll see. I think [Heat president] Pat [Riley] and those guys will definitely handle that first, but I would love to have all the guys back, and a couple for sure with Rio and Ray and Bird. They're a huge part of our team success. We'll see what happens." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Birdman has let it be known. He wants to continue to fly south for the winter. Chris Andersen, who becomes a free agent July 1, told fans at the Miami Heat’s championship rally Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena, “Let’s try to get a three-peat next year.’’ If there was any doubt about what the center said, his agent confirmed to FOX Sports Florida that Andersen wants to re-sign with the Heat. “He put it clearly,’’ said Mark Bryant, who attended the rally for Miami’s second straight title. “(The Heat) gave him an opportunity, and he absolutely wants to come back.’’ FOXSports Florida

Bryant had told FOX Sports Florida early in the playoffs his client was “certainly hopeful’’ of re-signing. Andersen, who was unavailable for comment after Monday’s event, previously had been noncommittal about his desire to return. FOXSports Florida

Bryant anticipates beginning negotiations with the Heat about Andersen when free agency starts July 1. Bryant said it would be “totally unfair’’ to speculate on how much money Andersen should command. FOXSports Florida

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LeBron James wants to see Chris Andersen get some time after not having played the past two games. "I hope,'' James said about wanting Andersen to play. "His energy and his effort have been big for us all year, so we hope he gets an opportunity tonight.'' Sulia

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Birdmom share many similarities -- height, a laid back attitude and an affinity for tattoos. Holubec's legs are lined with colorful ink-filled flowers. She took her son to get his first tattoo. "I think I paid for the first four! It was supposed to have been just one," said Holubec. Local 10 Miami

Despite Andersen's recent success in Miami, the mother and son have not spoken in years, for a reason they'll keep private. Andersen has a past riddled with dark spots, including a two year ban from the NBA. She said if he showed up on her doorstep, she already knows what she'd say: "Where you been? Where you been? Definitely get in his face and ask him where you been? I've been right here, I haven't been nowhere." Local 10 Miami

Iola is a small town 4 hours away from San Antonio. Population: 401. It's the type of town where everyone knows each other, and if you're born there, you usually stay the rest of your life. Chris "Birdman" Andersen was raised in the middle of Iola with his mother, Linda Holubec, and his two sisters, Tammy and April. "Typical kid, lot of energy, loved to go to school, play and go fishing," said Holubec. Local 10 Miami

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