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Miami Heat Rumors: How Long Before Chris 'Birdman' Anderson Signs?

By Jason Van Hoven - Posted: 01/14/13 04:46PM UTC
Chris Anderson

Anderson was a staple and fan favorite of the Nuggets for a long time. Can he become that with the Heat should they sign him? (Photo: Reuters)

Will the Miami Heat sign Chris "Birdman" Anderson, who hasn't played in the NBA at all this season, to address their frontcourt needs?

Well, according to the Miami Herald, Anderson, who worked out for the Heat on Tuesday, is staying in South Florida to work on improving his conditioning, hoping that Miami will sign him. However, the Heat has made no decision on signing the former Denver Nugget just yet.

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It may be hard for Anderson to nab a spot on the Heat's roster right now, though, especially after the team signed two centers - Jarvis Varnado and Josh Harrellson - on Wednesday to 10-day contracts last week, bringing the total roster spots to 15. The bright side is that should Varnado and Harrellson not perform well with the time they have, then that opens up a spot for Anderson.

Harrellson, whom the Heat actually waived on Monday to avoid having to guarantee his contract for the remainder of the season, made the roster in training camp but appeared in only four games this season for 27 minutes.

Varnado, whom the Heat drafted in the second round in 2010, was cut in training camp before this season and has averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3.9 blocks in 10 games for Sioux Falls in the D-League. The Boston Celtics released him on Sunday after playing him just 18 minutes over five games.

The 34-year-old Anderson averaged 5.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 15.2 minutes per game for Denver last season.  For his career, he has averaged 5.2 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per game, that rebound-per-minute average well ahead of Joel Anthony's and Rashard Lewis', and better than Udonis Haslem's 5.2 in 19.5 minutes this season.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said regarding Anderson that "we'll never stand pat and be complacent with our organization. If we have opportunities to improve, we'll look for those... [But,] as players and as a staff, we have no complaints with our roster."

"He's a shot blocker, dunker, assaults the rim all the time," said Chris Bosh of Anderson. "Energy, hustle, runs the floor well. You can definitely see how he can help us. He's always rolling hard to the basket. Just his defensive presence, knack for rebounding."

The Heat entered Monday night ranking 29thin the NBA in rebounding (ahead of only the Celtics).

If Anderson doesn't become an option, Kenyon Martin could be another one. Still, he might be less appealing to Miami because he averaged only 4.3 rebounds per game for the Los Angeles Clippers last season, his lowest average of his career and well below Haslem's 5.2 this season.

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