Friday , Aug , 24 , 2012 Paul Eide

Chris “Birdman” Andersen Headed To Either Knicks, Heat

Chris "Birdman" Andersen may be headed back to an NBA squad near you.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: After his arrest this past summer, it sure seemed bleak for the "Birdman".

Last May, Andersen’s home and computer were searched by police amid allegations of child pornography. It wasn’t shocking to hear that Andersen had run afoul of the law thanks to six years prior when, he was banned by the NBA for two years for using a banned substance. It’s not known exactly what the substance was, but the two-year ban implied something stronger than marijuana or steroids. He returned in 2008 and signed a five-year contract with the Nuggets the next season.

But getting busted for something as heinous as child pornography led to his suspension then ultimately his release from the Nuggets two weeks ago as part of the amnesty clause. While few details have ever emerged about the arrest, Andersen was never charged with a crime in the case.

Andersen is now getting a shot to rejoin the NBA, with both the Miami Heat and New York Knicks listed as potential suitors.The one thing both clubs have in common is the most they can offer is the veteran minimum.

For as odd as Andersen is, his NBA career has also been odd. For his natural size, athleticism and defensive skills he has never gotten quality minutes at any point in his career. During 10 NBA seasons, Andersen has only averaged 17.9 minutes per game. But in limited minutes, he’s averaged 5.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.6 bpg- how can he not get more clock than under 18 mpg when you consider his productivity? Andersen is an impact player, and if nothing else can be a defensive specialist.

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