Birdman Commits To Returning To Miami

Chris Andersen, key off the bench as a source of energy during the Heat’s championship run last season, has committed to re-signing with Miami, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Anderson could have commanded longer deals elsewhere, but sources said he couldn’t bear to leave such a good situation in Miami, where he emerged as the Heat’s best big man after joining the team in January. He averaged 4.9 points and 4.1 rebounds off the bench in 42 regular season games and 6.4 points and 3.8 rebounds while shooting a remarkable 81 percent from the field in the postseason.

The Heat had made bringing Andersen back an offseason priority but are limited somewhat financially because they are facing a $30 million luxury tax bill this upcoming season.

Yahoo! Sports first reported the agreement. Andersen can’t sign the deal before Wednesday, when the league lifts its annual moratorium on player business.

Source: ESPN