Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen Reportedly Open to Vet’s Min, Would Love to Play for Knicks

by August 04, 2012

The Knicks don’t have a lot of money to spend anymore, but ESPN New York is reporting that it wouldn’t take much to sign free agent big man Chris “Birdman” Andersen, who, that same report states, would love the chance to play for New York: “A source close to unrestricted free agent Chris Andersen said the power forward is open to signing for the veteran’s minimum. That’s all the Knicks can offer, and they could use a seasoned backup for Amare Stoudemire who can score inside, rebound and block shots. There’s no word yet if Andersen, 34, has been in talks with the Knicks, who don’t comment publicly on any free agents. But his former high school coach, Rob Stewart, said that Andersen would love the opportunity to play in New York. He enjoys the city and knows Carmelo Anthony well from his Denver days, and he’s very close with J.R. Smith, also a former Nugget. Stewart said a few teams have already contacted Andersen, but he didn’t want to say who out of respect to the power forward’s agent, Steven Heumann. On that note, it’s worth noting that Andersen is a client of CAA, which also represents five Knicks: coach Mike Woodson, Anthony, Smith, his younger brother, Chris, and new acquisition Ronnie Brewer.”