17 September 2007
The return of the Birdman?
Teams looking for a veteran midseason pickup at an attractive price could do a lot worse than former Nuggets/Hornets forward Chris Andersen, a.k.a. The Birdman. That's when Anderson's two-year suspension for violating the league's drug policy expires. Andersen has been working out in Las Vegas getting ready to resume his career, and it's anticipated that the Hornets, who last held his rights, will not reinstate his contract (3½ years left on a four-year, $14 million deal), which will make Andersen a free agent. "He's exceeded expectations in every area," reports Andersen's agent, Steve Heumann. "We're moving forward to the first applicable moment to apply for reinstatement." Andersen turned 29 in July and has several years of NBA experience under his belt. He would be the first player to come back from a drug suspension and actually play in the NBA.
Last I looked, the Hornets were two players over the roster limit and will have to deal or waive at least two of their three remaining free agents before the season begins. A lot can happen, though, between now and January.Posted at 6:47 PM to Net Proceeds