The two big names that went unsigned this offseason were Kenyon Martin and Chris Andersen, largely due to character issues. The Celtics have been linked to Martin, but appear to have decided that adding another power forward isn't the best strategy (and I agree with this. We need a center). Birdman is a more intriguing player due to his size, though his off the court issues are allegedly much more heinous.
There's hasn't been much news on the Andersen legal front, but let's say he was a victim of extortion as this article opens up the possibility, then the question is does he have enough left in the tank to help a contender. The Miami Heat are interested in finding out.
Via Adrian Wojnarowski
"In its exploration to sign a big man, the Miami Heat will work out ex-Denver Nuggets center Chris Andersen, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Andersen, famously known as "The Birdman," arrived in Miami on Monday for a physical and workouts over the next two days with the defending NBA champions, sources said.
Heat president Pat Riley has been scouring the landscape to bolster a foundering frontcourt bench and appears to be intrigued with the possibility of discovering how much Andersen, 34, has left in his game.
The Heat released center Josh Harrellson on Monday and now have two open roster spots."
Danny Ainge worked out Andersen during the Summer of 2008, but decided that Patrick O'Bryant was the better choice for the back-up big man void left by the retirement of PJ Brown. Andersen went on to have a few very solid years with Denver, while Patrick O'Bryant went on to continue being Patrick O'Bryant.
We haven't heard ANY talk of the Celtics interest in Andersen, but that doesn't mean they aren't. What are your thoughts on Andersen? Do you think the Celtics should explore signing him?
JR 1/07/2013 06:30:00 PM Tweet Edit