Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen Wants to Re-Sign With the Miami Heat

by June 25, 2013

According to his agent, The Birdman would very much like to make South Beach his home going forward. Chris Andersen will be a free agent this summer, and hopes to stay with the Miami Heat. Per Fox Sports: “Chris Andersen, who becomes a free agent July 1, told fans at the Miami Heat’s championship rally Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena, ‘Let’s try to get a three-peat next year.’ If there was any doubt about what the center said, his agent confirmed that Andersen wants to re-sign with the Heat. ‘He put it clearly,’ said Mark Bryant, who attended the rally for Miami’s second straight title. ‘(The Heat) gave him an opportunity, and he absolutely wants to come back.’ Bryant had said early in the playoffs his client was ‘certainly hopeful’ of re-signing. Andersen, who was unavailable for comment after Monday’s event, previously had been noncommittal about his desire to return. Also Monday, center Chris Bosh said he has little doubt guard Ray Allen will return to the Heat next season. Allen has until Sunday to decide whether to exercise his $3.23 million option for next season. ‘We can make quotes all day, but he’s coming back,’ Bosh said of Allen, not available Monday for comment. ‘There’s really nothing else to think about. That’s just how I see it. We respect each other’s space, but there’s really only one decision to make. So it’s easy.’ […] Team president Pat Riley was not available Monday for comment. But coach Erik Spoelstra spoke of the Heat’s desire to bring Andersen back. ‘He loves it here,’ Spoelstra said. ‘He’s been embraced by the fans, by the team, by the organization. … The most important part is both sides want each other. The other aspect will be on (Miami salary-cap expert) Andy Elisburg’s desk of being creative and making things happen.'”