HoopsHype Chris Andersen rumors

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Andersen spoke with Heat sideline reporter Jason Jackson during a timeout and told fans he took less money to sign with the Heat this season. Andersen signed for the veteran’s league minimum. “I’m building something I can leave behind for my legacy.” Miami Herald

September 30, 2013 Updates

Ethan J. Skolnick: Chris Andersen says he dropped 10 pounds in offseason. And he's adding a championship tattoo in next month. "Damn right." Twitter @EthanJSkolnick

September 19, 2013 Updates

In a dramatic and definitive end to a two-year odyssey that began in 2012 with a search of his Larkspur, Colorado home by the Douglas County Sheriff's Internet Crimes Against Children unit, Andersen was found to have been a victim of an internet impersonator in Canada, with that announcement made Wednesday. "I would describe him today as solemn," agent Mark Bryant told the Sun Sentinel of Andersen's reaction. "If they would have just left this, then he would have been left with this. And not only would he have been left with this, a lot of victims would have gone undetected." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Bryant not only praised authorities in both Colorado and Canada for the thoroughness of their investigation, but also of handling matters in a fashion in the intervening months that did not interfere with what turned into Andersen's first NBA championship. "Chris had texted me on Monday, 'Two more days, right?' " Bryant related to the Sun Sentinel. "He's usually a little more jovial. The onus of these labels that were out here and he had to live with, I can't even describe it. Thank God for the distraction down there called the Miami Heat World Champions." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

September 18, 2013 Updates

Adds a spokesperson from the 18th Judicial district in Colorado: "It would be premature for us here at the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office to discuss this case before filing charges. We are looking at 4,000 pages of information in relation to an investigation that is extremely complex. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has conducted a highly sophisticated investigation where they have crossed state lines and international borders to obtain evidence and pursue the truth in this case. We will announce our findings in the near future after a careful review of the evidence. Based on the information that we have been able to obtain and available and analyze we are not pursuing charges against Chris Andersen." SI.com

Andersen is happy the ordeal is over and looks forward to putting it behind him. "I can't tell you how much Chris agonized over the label placed on him," said Bryant. "This has had an extraordinary effect on Chris ... He appreciates those who reserved judgment. He will continue to do what he's always done in life and that's turn something bad hopefully into something good." SI.com

Former Denver Nuggets basketball star Chris Andersen was the victim of a wide-ranging and complex Internet impersonation scheme when authorities searched his home last year, an attorney for Andersen said Wednesday. Mark Bryant, the attorney, said Andersen was being impersonated online by a woman in Canada. The woman, posing as Andersen, sought relationships and gifts but also threatened at least one person, Bryant said. The woman in Canada was also posing online as other people to Andersen, Bryant said. Denver Post

Bryant said the woman, whose name he would not release, has been charged in Canada with multiple crimes. She has not yet been charged in Colorado but could be. "It is my understanding that this case involves numerous victims," Bryant said. "... Chris was a victim in this case." Denver Post

August 16, 2013 Updates

Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen visited an interactive digital exhibition hall in Taipei Friday, where he encouraged local children to pursue their dreams. The NBA's “Birdman” arrived in Taiwan Tuesday to take part in charity events and share his NBA experience. He and Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin accompanied a group of children to tour the Pavilion of Dreams, an attraction at the Taipei Expo Park, where Hau praised Andersen for having the perseverance to pursue his basketball dreams. China Post Online

July 10, 2013 Updates

Ira Winderman: Heat formally announce Birdman's signing. It's one year and a player option, starting at $1.7M for next season. Twitter @IraHeatBeat

"Chris has deep respect for (Heat president) Pat Riley, Erik (Spoelstra, Miami's coach) and the entire organization,'' Bryant wrote about Andersen, who as a key reserve averaged 4.9 points and 4.1 rebounds in the regular season and 6.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in the postseason while shooting an NBA playoff-record 80.7 percent. "This is coupled with the same for his teammates. ... He is positioned with all to keep writing the history (of the Heat).'' FOXSports Florida

The Birdman will not fly the coop. 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 NBA champions. A source close to the situation told the Sun Sentinel that the process was nearing completion on the eve of the end of the NBA's personnel moratorium. Teams may begin formally signing free agents Wednesday, with a salary cap of $58.7 million and a luxury-tax threshold of $71.7 million for the 2013-14 season set Tuesday night. Added at midseason, the 35-year-old known for his full-body tattoos and trademark Mohawk haircut was particularly effective both during the Heat's franchise-record 27-game winning streak at midseason as well as the team's run to a third consecutive NBA Finals. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

July 9, 2013 Updates

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