HoopsHype Chris Andersen rumors

September 18, 2013 Updates

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

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The Heat have opened negotiations with free-agent center Chris Andersen, who Monday became free to negotiate with the team of his choice. The Heat are limited to contract offers to Andersen starting either at the $3.2 million taxpayer mid-level exception or a 20-percent raise over last year's salary, which would start a new contract at $1.7 million next season. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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