HoopsHype Chris Andersen rumors

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

June 29, 2013 Updates

Birdman Birdman! Chris Andersen made an appearance at Passion Nightclub at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida Friday night. Birdman’s date for the evening was his fiancée, Tina Wiseman. Seems like everything is coming up Birdman these days. The Big Lead

The prime internal free-agency concern for the Heat is backup center Chris Andersen, whose "Birdman" infectiousness helped energize the Heat during their franchise-record 27-game winning streak and throughout the playoffs. Because Andersen did not join the Heat until midseason, the Heat are limited to a 20-percent raise above last season's veteran-minimum salary, an avenue that would pay Andersen $1.7 million next season. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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